||First of all . . . What are the mud
Old records that have been improperly stored accumulate dirt and dust and soot and mildew and
some of the civil court records are, in fact, filthy. Prior to their transfer to the Louisiana
Division in 1974, the civil court
suit records were stored in various court houses tri-folded into bundles which were then stuffed
into open-ended steel pigeon-hole cases. They were used primarily (and infrequently) by a few
scholars and by lawyers, who referred to them as the "mud files." We prefer not
to use that term these days!