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|AG outlines 'domicile' for police jurors|
The Attorney General's Office says a candidate for police jury "must be actually domiciled for the preceding year in the district he wants to represent."
Additionally, in an opinion released last week, the AG's office notes that an "elected member of the police jury is prohibited from simultaneously holding employment with the sheriff's office."
These opinions were in answer to two questions posed prior to the fall elections by District 21 Rep. Andy Anders, who sought the information on behalf of a constituent "who moved from one district in Tensas Parish to another district within Tensas Parish approximately three months ago. He would like to know if he is eligible to qualify in the upcoming fall election as a candidate for police juror in his new district."
The potential candidate was not named, but the opinion applies universally to all potential police jury candidates.
Asst. Atty. Gen. Erin C. Day wrote the opinion, noting that a "candidate for police juror, at the time he files his notice of candidacy, must be an elector who: (1) is at least 18 years of age; (2) has resided in Louisiana for the preceding two years; and (3) has been actually domiciled for the preceding year in the district he wants to represent.
"Article 38 of the Louisiana Civil Code defines the domicile of a natural person as 'the place of his habitual residence.' The terms 'residence' and 'domicile' are not synonymous. A natural person may reside in several places but may not have more than one domicile...Domicile is a person's principal domestic establishment..."
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