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Art. 29.  Peace bond hearing; costs

A.  When a defendant appears before the magistrate, a contradictory hearing to determine the validity of the complaint shall be held immediately either in chambers or in open court.  If the magistrate determines that there is just cause to fear that the defendant is about to commit the threatened offense, he may order the defendant to give a peace bond.  Otherwise, he shall discharge the defendant.

B.  The applicant for a peace bond shall pay as advanced court costs a fee of fifteen dollars for each defendant summoned to a hearing.  If the magistrate discharges the defendant, the costs shall be paid by the applicant.  If the magistrate orders the defendant to give a peace bond, the costs shall be paid instead by the defendant.  However, the court may assess those costs, or any part thereof, against any party, as it may consider equitable.  An applicant for a peace bond who is seeking protection from domestic abuse, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault shall not be required to prepay or be cast with court costs or cost of service or subpoena for the issuance of a peace bond.

C.  Costs may be waived for an indigent applicant or defendant who complies with the provisions of Chapter 5 of Book IX of the Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure.1 The proceeds derived from these costs shall be deposited and used by the court in accordance with the provisions of R.S. 13:1899(B).

Amended by Acts 1979, No. 445, §1; Acts 2003, No. 750, §2.

1LSA-C.C.P. Art. 5181 et seq.

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