Our History

Criminal District Court for the Parish of Orleans fulfills a dual function. Under the Constitution of Louisiana, Arthur A. Morrell is the Clerk of Criminal District Court for Clerk of Court and at the same time is the Chief Election Officer for Orleans Parish.

In addition to being Chief Election Officer of the Parish, the Clerk is also the Parish Custodian of Voting machines, with the responsibility of delivering the voting machines to their precincts. Other duties require the Clerk of Court to notify all Commissioners and Deputy parish Custodians of their duties and responsibilities on election day. After an election, the Clerk is required by law to open each voting machine used in an election, record the number of votes, reseal the machines and report the totals to the Board of Election Supervisors.