As a result of numerous confirmed positive cases of the COVID-19 virus among key operational personnel in virtually every Court Unit, we cannot responsibly conduct in-court proceedings during the current surge in cases in the Court and in our communities. All Court activities have been moved to remote operations under our Continuity of Operations Plan until no earlier than Monday, September 20th. Filings in non-sealed matters which are required to be filed in-person will be permitted via a drop-box set up in the lobby of the Clerk of Court’s Office or via U.S. Mail. CM/ECF will continue to be available 24 x 7 for all filings not required to be submitted in-person. All public events scheduled in the courthouse during this period are hereby canceled. Please contact the chambers of any judge with whom you have meetings or hearings scheduled during this period to determine how such business will be conducted or rescheduled. Remote operations will be in effect until further Order of the Court.
In response to the dramatic spike in the spread of COVID-19 in our local communities, on July 22, 2021 Chief Judge Shelly D. Dick issued Administrative Order 2021-5. Effective immediately all visitors to District Court and Bankruptcy Court will now be required to wear a mask and social distance while in the courthouse buildings, regardless of vaccination status.
Administrative Order 2021-4, which extends the CARES Act authorization to conduct court proceedings via video or telephone conferencing at the discretion of the presiding judge.
- VISITORS: See each Judge's COVID-19 Precautions guidance on their respective web pages located here.
- 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
- Zoom for Video Hearings (Guidance on participating in Video Hearings conducted via Zoom)
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).
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.