About Public Notices

The Daily Journal of Commerce has served the construction industry as a major news source since 1922. The DJC collects construction data on hundreds of projects in New Orleans, Louisiana and Mississippi.


What Are Public Notices?*

A public notice is information informing citizens of government or government-related activities that may affect the citizens’ everyday lives. Public notices are required by law to be published in a newspaper meeting specific legal criteria in regards to their circulation and distribution. We are proud to meet those standards defining us as a trusted source for community news and information.


Types and Examples of Public Notices


Citizen Participation Notices


To give the public the time and opportunity to react to proposed government action. Goal is to satisfy the requirement of “due process of law” – which is found in both the federal and state constitution – and allows citizens the opportunity to defend themselves.


Public budgets, notices of public hearings, city and parish council minutes, and notices of intentions to create new taxation or benefit zones.


Business and Commerce Notices


To ensure the government is operating in accordance with principles of equal opportunity. It also allows the public to make sure the government is not spending tax money unwisely.


Government contracts/bid opportunities, government purchases and other business-related notices.


To protect creditors and consumers from fraudulent practices.


Incorporations, assumed names, and business dissolutions.


To attempt to get property back to its rightful owner. Often used by insurance companies and other businesses that may have money or property belonging to a customer that has moved away or has otherwise not recovered their property.


Unclaimed property notice and public auctions.


Court Notices


To inform the public regarding legal actions and provide the opportunity to object to conflicts of interest, step forward if they have a claim against an estate or business in default, or to otherwise protect their interest in the matter.


Probate, adoption, orders for protection, harassment hearings and real estate notices. Citizens are often the best watchdogs of a government. Citizens have repeatedly used public notices to discover fraud and waste by government officials – and to find financial opportunities for themselves.


Real Estate Notices:


What You Need To Know

Real estate notices occur when the borrower fails to make the agreed upon payments and the lender finds it necessary to seize and sell the property for repayment of the loan.


The borrower is personally served with the notice of foreclosure sale by the sheriff. The notice of sale is also published two times in a newspaper in the parish where the property is located. The sheriff conducts the sale, and anyone may bid including the borrower. The winning bidder must pay the sale price in cash on the day of the sale, or in some cases, within 30 days of the sale if a 10-percent deposit is made. The sheriff then issues a deed to the winning bidder.


There are no redemption rights for the borrower in Louisiana.


If you are looking for a specific property, you may check our searchable database for FREE if you are a subscriber. If you would like our staff to research a past notice, there is a $25 fee.


Searching Public Notices Online:

By visiting: http://publicnotices.djcgulfcoast.com/ simply chose the category you are interested in searching. You can easily narrow or expand your search. You may also search for the notice by the identification number listed in your paper copy. Refer to the FAQs if you need more information.


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Since our country was founded, laws have existed requiring that citizens be given access to information regarding government activities. Public notices in newspapers continue to provide that accessibility and new electronic forms of public notice are now making it easier for all of us to be well-informed citizens.