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Saint John the Baptist Parish

Saint John the Baptist Parish is named for Saint John the Baptist, who was one of the disciples of Jesus Christ.


Surrounding Parish Courthouses:

N – Livingston Parish and Tangipahoa Parish

E – Jefferson Parish and Saint Charles Parish

S – Lafourche Parish

W – Saint James Parish and Ascension Parish


Created:  March 31, 1807                       Map of Louisiana highlighting St. John the Baptist Parish

Parish Seat: 

Lucy      1807 – 1848

Edgard  1848 – present


Parish Courthouse – Edgard  


Location:  2393 Highway 18 / East 3rd Street

Built:  1967 – 1968

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Thompson B Burk

Contractor:  James A Eilan Jr., Inc.


Description:  The building faces north and is a one story brown colored concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Edgard. The north front has an open porch rising to a peaked roof. The main building extends east and west with few windows. The hipped roof is green colored tiles. in the interior is a large central atrium running north-south with the Parish District Court courtroom on the west side and the smaller courtroom on the east side. The building houses the Parish District Court of the 40th Judicial District. 


History:  The parish was created in 1807 and Lucy was selected as the parish seat. The first courthouse was built in Lucy to the south of Edgard. The parish seat moved to Edgard in 1848 and the second courthouse was built by T Peralto & Company in 1847. The building was renovated in 1938. The architect was Diboll, Boettner & Kissels and the contractor was Jay M Taylor. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1967.



Parish Courthouse – Edgard









Statue of Saint John the Bapist











Parish District Court courtroom













Photos taken 2011 and 2019