General Information


Toll-free phone line in Louisiana that provides pre-recorded legal information to the public 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Tel-Law, a public service of the Louisiana State Bar Association, is a collection of tape-recorded messages written by lawyers to tell you what you should know about the law and the justice system. Tel-Law is a general legal information program, AT NO COST, to help you understand and use the legal system.

Tel-Law’s tape library includes information on various areas of law, including separation, divorce and child custody, personal injury, bankruptcy and creditor’s right, employment, criminal law, inheritance, subpoenas and trial procedures. Some Tel-Law tapes focus on the attorney/client relationship, auto accidents, consumer matters and financial investments.

What Can You Find Out?

If you have a problem – you can receive general legal information concerning your problem and where to go for help.

What Tel-Law is Not?

Tel-Law is not intended to answer specific questions. Only a lawyer should do that. Instead, the tapes give general background information so that you become more aware of the law, our legal system and your legal rights and duties.

How does Tel-Law Work?

  1. Select your topic
  2. Call (800)4-TEL-LAW [(800)483-5529
  3. A recorded message will answer. When you are signaled, simply enter your topic’s code number.

You can then hear a brief discussion of your particular topic.

Protective Orders

Protective order forms can be obtained from the Clerk of Court’s office.  Please consider the time when planning to pick up these forms and fill them out.  It usually takes thirty (30) minutes to an hour to complete the forms, the case must be allotted to a division, a judge must sign the order and the courthouse closes for business at 4:30 p.m.  Please visit for Louisiana Protective Order Registry (LPOR) information

Transcript Requests

Click here for the transcript request form.