Legal Memorandum: Funding the Marshall's Office in LA

Issue: What type of suit could be filed to compel the city of Shreveport, Louisiana to fund the marshal’s office at the prior year’s level or higher?

Area of Law: Municipal, County and Local Law
Keywords: Suit to compel city; Mandamus; Marshall's office
Jurisdiction: Louisiana
Cited Cases: 143 So. 77; 813 So. 2d 1110; 6 So. 2d 221
Cited Statutes: None
Date: 06/01/2010

In State ex rel. Meaux v. Village of Morse, 6 So. 2d 221 (La. Ct. App. 1942), the marshal as relator instituted a mandamus proceedings against the Village of Morse seeking to have the village fix his salary at the amount it was previously or to show cause to the contrary. See also State ex rel. Altom v. Mayor of Village of Lanesville, 143 So. 77 (La. Ct. App. 1932) (same).  Further, the Meaux court specifically held that it had jurisdiction to determine such an issue, given the abuse of power by the municipality.  Id., 6 So. 2d at 221-22.  See also Rogers v. Town of Acadia, 813 So. 2d 1110 (La. Ct. App. 2002) (direct action against municipality by police chief).


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