The Civil Division represents our office and its employees in civil lawsuits.

The Civil Division also provides legal representation
for parish government in Washington and St. Tammany parishes.

Civil & Public Records Requests


The Civil Division is a unit of the District Attorney’s Office that handles non-criminal civil matters and civil litigation on behalf of Washington and St. Tammany Parishes. The Civil Division provides legal services and advises the respective Parish Presidents, the Parish Councils, and Parish offices, agencies, departments, and certain state-authorized boards and commissions domiciled in St. Tammany and Washington Parishes. Additionally, the Civil Division defends civil claims which might be brought against the District Attorney or members of his staff. The Civil Division of the DA’s Office does not handle private civil matters for individuals in our Parishes.

Legal advice and representation for private civil matters would need to be provided by an individual private attorney or law firm.

The latest (2018) Boards & Commissions Guide:

Cary Menard, Chief – Civil Division



Call: 985-871-4530

Public Records Request


A request for public records must be made in writing and can be delivered to the District Attorney’s office by:

  • Hand-delivery
  • U.S. Mail
  • Email

For your convenience, you may use the Public Records Request form provided:  DA Public-Records-Form

Here is a list of our public records fees: Public Records Fee Schedule

Please be sure to include the requester’s name, mailing address, email address, and a daytime telephone number. If you are requesting records related to a specific case, you must include the defendant’s full name and, if possible, date of birth and the docket number. Please be advised that appropriate fees will be charged for copies, or you may contact the employees listed below at our office (985-809-8383) to make an appointment to examine the records in person at no cost.

Media Requests

Media requests for public records should be sent to:

Shawn P.  Smith
Public Information Officer
District Attorney’s Office
Justice Center
701 N. Columbia Street
Covington, LA 70433

Public Records Requests

Public records requests should be sent to:

Cary Menard
Assistant District Attorney

Chief – Civil Division
Justice Center
701 N. Columbia Street
Covington, LA 70433