Court Operations Curtailed during COVID-19 Outbreak (see Administrative Orders)

Friday, January 15, 2021

LAMD issued Administrative Order 2021-1, superseding previous pandemic related Administrative Orders and governs Court operations until further Order or until rescinded.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the following has been implemented:

  • Filings in sealed matters which are required to be filed conventionally (in-person) pursuant to administrative procedures shall be filed 1) by facsimile to (225) 389-3501 or 2) by sending an electronically signed pleading in PDF format via encrypted or secure email (if available) to sealedwb@lamd.uscourts.gov.
  • Non-sealed pleadings and sealed pleadings that are not required to be filed conventionally pursuant to administrative procedures should not be submitted to the above email or by fax, but must be submitted for filing through CM/ECF by registered users or by mail  by  non-registered users (pro se filers) to:

Clerk of Court
United States District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
777 Florida Street, Suite 139
Baton Rouge, LA  70801

  • Pro se filers may also place filings in the Drop Box located in the public area of the Clerk of Court’s office. Any filing fee associated with the filing should be made by money order and mailed to the Clerk of Court at the above address within 10 days of placing the pleading in the Drop Box. 
  • Fines and restitution should be mailed in but may also be paid using the LAMD Criminal Debt link located on the Court’s website.
  • The CMECF system will be fully functional and help desk support will be available.
  • Online resources are available at www.lamd.uscourts.gov, via email at cmecfhelpdesk@lamd.uscourts.gov or via telephone at (225) 389-3552. The public is encouraged to use online court resources or contact the Court by telephone.

 

  • VISITORS: All persons having business at District Court in the Russell B. Long Courthouse and Federal Building shall be required to wear masks when in any public space in the buildings, shall observe social distancing, and shall observe all posted signs and placards. Should a visitor show symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of the visit, the visitor must notify the building occupant.  Visitors to District Court or the Clerk's Office should report the following details to the Clerk of Court's Office at 225-389-3500:  date, time frame and nature of visit.

PUBLIC ACCESS TO VIDEO OR TELEPHONIC HEARINGS

  • The public may be permitted to access via audio (listen only mode), to the fullest extent possible considering technological restraints, video or telephonic hearings by submitting a request to the chambers of the presiding judge. Contact information for District Court is available at http://www.lamd.uscourts.gov/directories
  • Members of the public and the media are strictly prohibited from recording or broadcasting any hearing, in whole or in part, in any fashion.

 


PARTY ACCESS TO VIDEO HEARINGS


LAMD issued Administrative Order 2020-9, superseding previous pandemic related Administrative Orders and governs Court operations until further Order or until rescinded.

LAMD issued Administrative Order 2020-8, which supersedes the Court's previous pandemic related Administrative Orders and governs Court operations through September 30, 2020.

LAMD issued Administrative Order 2020-7, which extends curtailed court operations through June 30, 2020.

LAMD issued Administrative Order 2020-6, supplementing provisions already set forth in Administrative Orders 2020-4 and 2020-5, relating to criminal case operations during the COVID-19 national emergency pursuant to the CARES Act.

LAMD issued Administrative Order 2020-5,  which extends curtailed court operations through April 30, 2020. The amendment also emphasizes the prohibitions regarding recording, photographing and broadcasting public hearings conducted via audio and/or video conferencing technologies.

LAMD issued Administrative Order 2020-4 in response to CARES Act legislation and the Judicial Conference of the United States’ findings that the COVID-19 national emergency has affected and will materially affect the functioning of federal courts.

LAMD issued Second Amended Administrative Order 2020-3 in response to the Governor’s “Stay at Home” Order and its effect on the deadlines imposed by the Speedy Trial Act, as well as to provide filers with an additional means to file sealed pleadings typically required to be filed in-person pursuant to administrative procedures.

LAMD issued Administrative Order 2020-2 to clarify that  prescriptive, peremptive and statute of limitation deadlines are suspended until April 13, 2020 while the Louisiana Middle District is operating under pandemic related curtailed operations (see Administrative Order 2020-1).

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana Administrative Order 2020-1: Court Operations Curtailed during COVID-19 Outbreak

In response to Centers for Disease Control advisements to take precautions in light of the COVID-19 virus (coronavirus) outbreak by limiting exposure to the virus, the Middle District of Louisiana will enforce visitor restrictions effectively immediately. See full article and General Order No. 2020-5 for complete details.