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  Procedure for Obtaining a Property Bond from the 19th JDC if the Defendant is being held in the E.B.R. Parish Prison

 

 It will take several hours to complete this process. To ensure that the process can be completed before the close of business on the same day, we recommend that you start the process no later than 12:00 noon.

Step 1: Go to the Assessor’s office on the first floor of City Hall at 222 St. Louis St. (formerly the Governmental Building, where this court was previously located). Obtain an Assessment Certificate for the property you wish to use to post bond. NOTE:  If the property is located in a parish other than East Baton Rouge, you must follow the procedure directed by the Sheriff or Clerk of Court that serves the parish in which the property is located.  The completed bond may be presented at the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison..

Step 2: Bring the assessment certificate to the Bail Bond Program, 300 North Blvd. (in the new 19th JDC Courthouse, across the street and down one block from City Hall, on the corner of St. Louis St. & North Blvd.), Room 3401(3rd Floor). The Bail Bond Program will approve and stamp your certificate, review the assessment of your property, and explain your options.

After your options have been explained, if you choose to proceed with the process, these are the steps:

Step 3: Take your assessment certificate to the Clerk of Court’s Mortgage Department located in the basement of City Hall at 222 St. Louis St. The office is on level B-1, Room B-108 (there is a B-1 button on the elevator). Present the assessment certificate and request a Mortgage Certificate and a Conveyance Certificate be prepared for your property.

Step 4: Bring the mortgage certificate and conveyance certificate to the Bail Bond Program, 300 North Blvd., Room 3401(3rd Floor). The Bail Bond Program will review your conveyance certificate to ensure that you do, in fact, own the property.  It also will review your mortgage certificate to calculate how much equity you have in the property that you may use towards the bond.

NOTE: The mortgage certificate will reflect any mortgages, liens, judgments, lines of credit, any previous property bonds, etc., that have been recorded against the property. If the mortgage certificate reflects any such recordings that will need to be cancelled in order to have enough equity in the property to post bond, the Bail Bond Program will advise you of the recommended cancellations. THE PROCESS CANNOT CONTINUE UNTIL ALL NECESSARY CANCELLATIONS HAVE BEEN COMPLETED AND RECORDED WITH THE CLERK OF COURT.

Step 5: If you have enough equity in the property to post bond, the Bail Bond Program will prepare the necessary paperwork and present it to the appropriate Judge for consideration. Once the Judge has reviewed and signed the bond, the Bail Bond Program will provide you with a copy of the property bond.

NOTE: Judges DO NOT operate on a set time frame. The Bail Bond Program cannot and will not make any predictions as to when a Judge will review/sign a property bond, or how long it will take.

Step 6: Take the property bond to the Recording Department of the Clerk of Court on the first floor of City Hall at 222 St. Louis St., Room 152. Have the property bond recorded and request a copy of the recording.

NOTE: The person listed as property owner on the property’s documents must be present at the recording. If there is more than one owner listed, at least one must be present at the recording.

Step 7: Bring the copy of the recording to the Bail Bond Program, 300 North Blvd., Room 3401(3rd Floor). The Bail Bond Program will in turn give you a packet of all of your documents, including the order signed by the Judge, for you to take to E.B.R. Parish Prison.

Step 8: Present the documents received from the Bail Bond Program at the guard shack at E.B.R. Parish Prison, 2867 Brig. General Isaac Smith Blvd. (across from the B.R. Metro Airport). The Sheriff’s Deputy in the guard shack will direct you to the bonding office in the prison where you will present your property bond documents so that the defendant may be released.

NOTE: ALL persons listed as property owners on the property’s documents must be present at the prison at the same time when posting the bond and signing the bond.


When the property bond is no longer needed (when there has been a final disposition in the case, such as guilty, innocent, charges dropped, etc.), you must have the property bond cancelled and recorded. If you do not, the amount of the bond will remain recorded against your property in the mortgage records. To initiate the cancellation process, go to the Office of the District Attorney on the Fifth floor of City Hall at 222 St. Louis St.

 
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