On May 25, 2021, Chief Judge Shelly D. Dick signed Administrative Order 2021-3, modifying the face covering and physical distancing requirements of the District to be consistent with the CDC’s recent guidance. Fully vaccinated individuals will no longer be required to wear a mask or to social distance at their option. Individuals who have not been vaccinated must continue to wear masks and social distance.
Given that each judge and Court Unit office has full discretion over their respective masking and social distancing requirements, you are advised to contact the chambers or office with which you have business prior to visiting the courthouse.
LAMD issued Administrative Order 2021-2, superseding previous pandemic related Administrative Orders and governs Court operations until further Order or until rescinded.
- VISITORS: Pursuant to the authority granted to the Chief Judge presiding over a primary courthouse building and pursuant to the approval granted by the Facility Security Committee governing multi-tenant facilities, fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear a mask and physically distance within the Russell B. Long Federal Building and United States Courthouse and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated shall be required to wear masks and physically distance when in any public space in the facility and shall otherwise observe all posted signs and placards. This Order does not prohibit individuals from choosing to wear a mask and physically distancing at any time, regardless of vaccination status. Judicial officers may require staff and visitors to their respective chambers and courtrooms to wear masks and to observe physical distancing rules within the sound discretion of the presiding judge. Court Unit Executives (CUE) may likewise exercise discretion with respect to requiring masks and physical distancing of staff and visitors to the CUE’s offices.
- 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.