ART. 201. For any of the causes enumerated in article 196, district attorneys, clerks of courts,
sheriffs, coroners, recorders, justices of the peace and all other parish, municipal and ward
officers shall be removed by judgment of the district court of the domicile of such officer (in the
parish of Orleans the Civil District Court;) and it shall be the duty of the district attorney, except
when the suit is to be brought against himself, to institute suit in the manner directed in article
200, on the written request and information of twenty-five resident citizens and taxpayers in the
case of district, parish or municipal officers, and of ten resident citizens and taxpayers in the case
of ward officers. Such suit shall be brought against a district attorney by the district attorney of
an adjoining district, or by counsel appointed by the JUDGE for that purpose. In all such cases the
defendant, the State and the citizens and taxpayers on whose information and at whose request
such suit was brought, or any one of them, shall have the right to appeal both on the law and the
facts, from the judgment of the court. In all cases where the officer sued, as above directed, shall
be acquitted, judgment shall be rendered jointly and in solido against the citizens signing the
request, for all costs of the suit.
In cases against district attorneys, clerks, sheriffs and recorders the appeal shall be to the
supreme court, and in cases against all other officers the appeal shall be to the court of appeals of
the proper circuit.
Such appeals shall be returnable within ten days to the appellate court, wherever it may be sitting
or wherever it may hold its next session, and may be transferred by order of the JUDGEs of said
court to another parish within their circuit; and such appeals shall be tried by preference over all
others. In case of the refusal or neglect of the district attorney or Attorney General to institute
and prosecute any suit provided for in this and the preceding article, the citizens and taxpayers
making the request, or any one of them, shall have the right by mandamus to compel him to
perform such duty.