FROM THE TENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT PARISH OF
NATCHITOCHES, NO. 88, 879A HONORABLE W. PEYTON CUNNINGHAM,
JR., DISTRICT JUDGE
Patricia A. Gilley Gilley & Gilley COUNSEL FOR APPELLANT:
Tenita Janelle Dorsey
Sale Laura Picard Mental Health Advocacy COUNSEL FOR
APPELLANT: Tenita Janelle Dorsey
Hall PRO-SE APPELLEE
Martine Lattier PRO-SE APPELLEE
composed of Elizabeth A. Pickett, Phyllis M. Keaty, and D.
Kent Savoie, Judges.
KENT SAVOIE JUDGE.
Dorsey appeals the trial court's Order of Judicial
Commitment dated October 27, 2016. For the reasons that
follow, we set aside the trial court's order and remand
for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.
AND PROCEDURAL BACKGROUND
2016, Tenita Dorsey hired Ed Hall as a private investigator
and paid him $3, 000 for his services. According to Mr. Hall,
Ms. Dorsey had hired him "to gather evidence against the
[Natchitoches] City Fathers so that she could file suit
against them for doing her wrong . . . by following her and
harassing her." Mr. Hall indicated that after meeting
with Ms. Dorsey several times, it was his opinion that she
was "paranoid, " "illusional [sic], " and
"wasn't altogether there[.]" Further Mr.
Hall's assistant, Martine Lattier, indicated that she
noticed a shotgun in Ms. Dorsey's home, although it was
unclear whether the gun was loaded or not, and that Ms.
Dorsey had stated to her that she wished her friend, Camille
Moran, were dead.
October 20, 2016, Mr. Hall and Ms. Lattier filed a
pro-se petition seeking the judicial commitment of
Ms. Dorsey. The petition notes that at the time it was filed,
Ms. Dorsey was residing at Promise Hospital in Shreveport;
however, the record lacks any information concerning the
circumstances leading to her residing there.
trial judge signed an order on October 21, 2016, ordering
that Ms. Dorsey:
be examined by a physician from Promise Specialty Hospital,
or by another physician. The physician shall examine [Ms.
Dorsey] prior to the date fixed for hearing and shall file a
written report with this Court on forms provided for that
purpose by the Office of Mental Health of the Department of
Health and Human Resources.
trial judge further appointed Mental Health Advocacy Services
to represent Ms. Dorsey, ordered that Ms. Dorsey continue to
be detained by Promise, and ...