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R. S. 2726-2732

POLICE JURIES. Const., Arts. 277 to 282. [Police Jury Wards.]

2726. The police juries of the several parishes of this State (the parishes of Orleans and Jefferson excepted) shall have the power, by consent of a majority of all the members composing each police jury, to establish police jury wards, and to change the boundaries of those now existing in their respective parishes (Act 158, 1847, Sec. 1, p. 116).

See Act 57, E. S., 1877, Sec. 2, printed at p. 1256. [Qualification of Police Jurors.]

2727. That members of the police juries of the several parishes throughout the State, hereafter to be elected, shall possess the same qualifications as members of the House of Representatives and also the following additional qualifications:

They shall be able to read and write and shall, each, own in his own right or whose wife shall own in her own right property of an assessed value of at least two hundred and fifty dollars in the parish for which they may be elected (as amended by Act 94, 1894, p. 129).

2728. Qualification of voters, superseded by Const., Art. 197, et seq.

2729. When elections shall be held, superseded by Const., Art. 206, Act 152, 1898, Sec. 2, et seq., printed at page 688, et seq.

2730. Terms of office, superseded by Const., Art. 207, Act 152, 1898, Sec. 2, et seq., printed at page 688, et seq. [Meetings.]

2731. They shall have the power to fix the periods of their respective regular meetings, and to meet at any other times which they may deem necessary (Act 1830, Sec. 4, p. 156). [Special Meetings.]

2732. The president of the several police juries shall be obliged to call a meeting of the police jury whenever he shall be thereto require by twelve inhabitants, freeholders (Act 1811, Sec. 4, p. 184).

R. S 2733-2739

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[When Clerks of Court May Call Meeting.]

2733. The clerks of the district courts of the different parishes of this State are empowered to convene the police juries of their respective parishes whenever there is a vacancy in the office of president, in the same manner and for the reasons that the president could himself do (Act 37, 1850, Sec. 1, p. 24). [Notice of Meetings.]

2734. Notice to members shall be necessary only in cases of special meetings (Act –, 1818, Sec. 7, p. 74). [Election of President.]

2735. The police juries shall, at such times as they may think

proper, elect a president from their own body, to serve for one year (Act -, 1847, Sec. 3, p. 82). [Duties of President.]

2736. The duties heretofore imposed on the parish judges by the laws of this State, in connection with police juries, shall hereafter be performed by the president of said police juries, if not otherwise provided for by law.

Act 57, E. S., 1877, Sec. 6. printed at p. 1258. [Elections to Fill Vacancies.]

2737. It shall be the duty of the president to order elections to fill all vacancies that may exist in said police juries, giving at least ten days' notice of such election by having written or printed notices posted at three several places in the ward where said election may be ordered; and in parishes where oficial newspapers are published, besides the notice above directed to be given, publication thereof shall be made in said newspaper, twice in ten days; said election shall be conducted according to the existing laws regulating elections. [President May Resign.]

2738. The president, when desirous of resigning his seat as a member or president, shall tender his resignation to the police jury. [President Pro Tempore.]

2739. Whenever the president does not attend, the juries are authorized and required to appoint a president pro tempore, from amongst themselves, who shall have all the powers and perform all the duties required by law of the president.

R. S. 2740— Act 57 E. S., 1877 2740. Pay of police jury, superseded by Act 57, E. S. 1877, Sec. 5. Printed at p. 1257. [President's Neglect of Duty.]

2741. Whenever the president shall fail or neglect to perform any of the duties imposed on him by law, without a reasonable excuse, he shall forfeit and pay for each failure as aforesaid, the sum of one hundred dollars into the treasury of his parish, to be recovered by motion before the parish court by the district attorney pro tempore, three days' notice of which motion shall be given said president; and it is hereby made the duty of the district attorney pro tempore throughout the State diligently to inquire whether the said president shall have performed his duties, and proceed as the cause may require (Act –, 1818, Sec. 3, p. 72).

See Act 57, E. S., 1877, Sec. 6, printed at p. 1258. 2742. Failure of members to attend, superseded by Act 57, E. S. 1877, Sec. 6. Printed infra, this title.

Act 57, E. S., 1877, p. 87. AN Act authorizing the Governor to appoint additional police juries

in country parishes; directing police juries to redistrict their respective parishes into police jury wards, and these wards into one or more justices of the peace and election wards, and fixing the number of members, the time and manner of their election, the mode of filling vacancies in the police jury, and vacancies which may hereafter occur; fixing the compensation of police jurors; providing forfeitures for their neglect of duty, and the mode of enforcing the same; repealing act No. 97, approved April twentyseven, 1871, entitled “An act reorganizing the police juries of the State, prescribing the number thereof, and the mode of election,

and fixing their duties and compensation." [Appointment of Additional Police Jurors in Certain Parishes.]

CTION 1. That the Governor of this State is hereby authorized to appoint, by and with the advice of the Senate, in such country parishes as he may see fit, additional police jurors not exceeding five, who, with those police jurors elected at the last general election, shall constitute the police jury of the parish until the next general election. [Police Jury Wards, How Established.]

SEC. 2. That the police jury of each parish shall, on the first Monday of July, 1877, meet at the court house of their respective parishes, R. S. 2742-Act 57, E. S., 1877 and shall redistrict their parishes into not less than five nor more than ten police jury wards, as the convenience of the people may require, and shall at the same time district these police jury wards into one or more justices of the peace and election wards, as they may think proper, and shall designate said wards numerically and in consecutive order. When the wards have been thus established, they shall not be changed without a two-third vote of the police jury, recorded by yeas

and nays.

[Election of Police Jurors, Justices of the Peace and Constables.]

Sec. 3. That the election for police jurors, justices of the peace and constables shall be held in each ward at the same time as the general election, and that police jurors shall be elected by the qualified electors of the police jury ward, and that justices of the peace and constables shall be elected by the qualified electors of the justice of the peace or election ward; and, in order that none but qualified electors of the ward shall vote for ward officers, the officers now charged by existing laws or by any amendment thereto are hereby instructed to provide, at each election poll, a separate box, in which the ballots for ward officers shall be deposited, and the returns of said elections shall be made separate from the returns of votes cast for other officers, in the manner

required by law.
(Elections to Fill Vacancies.]

Sec. 4. That it shall be the duty of the president of the police jury

to order elections to fill vacancies which may occur in the police jury, written notices posted in at least five most public places in different parts of the ward wherein such vacancy may occur, and also by public exists in said parish, and the police jury shall have the election held cation in the official newspaper of the parish, if such official newspaper according to the provisions of section three of this act. [Compensation of Police Jurors.]

Sec. 5. That members of the police jury shall be entitled to 8 compensation to be fixed by themselves, which shall not exceed three dollars per day and ten cents per mile going to and from the court house of their respective parishes, for every day they are actually employed in the service of their parish at meetings of the police jury, to be paid out of the funds of the several parishes on the warrant of the president, and no more, this allowance and per diem including mileage; provided, that the police jurors shall not be paid per diem for more than fifteen days in any one year, except in parishes having a be paid per diem for not more than twenty-five days in any one year population in excess of (30,000) thirty thousand, in which they may ( as amended by Act 40, 1900, p. 49).

R. S. 2742-Act 161, 1894 [Failure of President or Member of Police Jury to Perform Duty of Office

Penalty.) SEC. 6. That for failure of the president of a police jury to perform any of the duties imposed on him by law, without reasonable excuse, he shall forfeit the sum of twenty-five dollars for each failure, to be recovered before any court of competent jurisdiction by motion of the parish attorney, after three days' notice; and for the failure of any member of the police jury to attend at any meeting, after being duly notified, or without notice if at a regular session, such member, if he has no reasonable excuse, shall forfeit the sum of ten dollars, to be recovered as above; provided, such forfeitures to be paid into the parish treasury. [Authority and Power of Police Jurors.]

Sec. 7. That the police jurors organized under this act shall have all the power and perform all the duties prescribed by the laws of this State in force at the date of the passage of this act not in conflict here. with.

Sec. 8. That so much of Act No. 97 of the General Assembly of this State, approved April 27, 1871, entitled an act reorganizing the police juries of this State, prescribing the number thereof, and the mode of electing and fixing their duties and compensation, as is in conflict with the provisions of this act be and the same is hereby repealed.

Sec. 9. That this act take effect from and after the date of its passage, and that its provisions shall not apply to the parish of Orleans, and all laws or parts of laws in conflict herewith be and the same are hereby repealed.

Title repeals entire Act 97, 1871. Sec. 8, only so far “as is in conflict" with that of 1877. The whole act of 1871 is, however, in conflict with the act of 1877, supra. Act 15, 1873, amends Act 97, 1871, so as to apply to Jefferson parish. Sec. 1 of the Act 1877 and all other acts on the subject are superseded by

Act 161, 1894, p. 201. An Act authorizing the election of police jurors in all the parishes

of this State, the parish of Orleans excepted, at the election to be held in eighteen hundred and ninety-six, and thereafter at each

State election, and to fill vacancies. SECTION 1. That at the general State election to be held in April, eighteen hundred and ninety-six and at each general State election thereafter, there shall be elected as many police jurors for each ward of every parish in this State as provided by law the parish of Orleans excepted, elected by the qualified voters of said wards.

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