Parish Law and Legal Definition

A parish is a geographic area served by a church, originally defined bywhether people living in the area could walk to the church. In Louisiana, a parish is the governmental equivalent of a county. It is an ecclesiastical society, usually not bounded by territorial limits, but composed of those persons who choose to unite under the charge of a particular priest, clergyman, or minister; also loosely, the territory in which the members of a congregation live.