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What are the current filing fees charged by the judiciary? How do I get a transcript?
To whom do we make our checks payable? Can I file a pleading by  fax?
What are the Federal Holidays? Can you fax other documents to me?
How are judges assigned to cases? How do I obtain a commercial surety bond?
What is the current post judgment interest rate? How can I obtain a Petition for Naturalization (Form N-405) and get information about applying for citizenship?
What discovery material should be filed with the clerk's office? Where are the Court's naturalization records located?
Who issues and serves summons? How will I be notified of my naturalization ceremony date?
Can an attorney issue a civil subpoena? I lost my certificate of naturalization. Can I get a copy from the Court?
What is the amount of the attendance fee paid to a witness in federal courts? Can I get verification of citizenship from the court?
Where are case and party indices located? Does the court issue passports?
   
 

 

What are the current filing fees charged by the judiciary?

Please refer to the Fee Schedule.

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To whom do we make our checks payable?

Checks are to be made payable to Clerk, U.S. District Court.

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What are the Federal holidays?

Please see Federal Holidays under General Information.

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How are judges assigned to cases?

All civil and criminal cases are assigned randomly to a judge and a magistrate judge at the time of filing.

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What is the current post judgment interest rate?

You may call the clerk's office financial unit at (504) 589-7785 or the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts at 1-202-502-4369 for the current post judgment interest rate.

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What discovery material should be filed with the clerk's office?

Rule 5(d) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure states "...disclosures under Rule 26 (a)(1) or (2) and the following discovery requests and responses must not be filed until they are used in the proceeding or the court orders filing:

(i)   depositions,
(ii)   interrogatories,
(iii)  requests for documents or to permit entry upon land, and
(iv)  request for admission."

In addition, see Local Rule 26 for information regarding submission of the proposed discovery plan.

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Who issues and serves the summons?

The clerk signs, seals and issues the summons to the plaintiff. The plaintiff is responsible for service of the summons and complaint on the defendant. Service may be effected by anyone at least 18 years of age who is not a party to the suit. See FRCvP 4.

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Can an attorney issue a civil subpoena?

Pursuant to FRCvP 45, an attorney may issue a subpoena on behalf of a court in which the attorney is authorized to practice or a court for a district in which a deposition or production is compelled if it pertains to an action in a court where the attorney is authorized to practice.

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What is the amount of the attendance fee paid to a witness in federal court?

The attendance fee currently paid to a witness in federal court is $40 per day, plus a travel allowance equal to the mileage allowance which the Administrator or General Services has prescribed. See 28 USC 1821. http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/100715

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Where are case and party indices located?

Case and party indices are located in the clerk's office.

Information for civil cases filed on and after July 1, 1989 and for criminal cases filed on and after March 1, 1993 is available in electronic form. Terminals in the clerk's office may be used to access this information. Some cases that were closed prior to December 31, 1991 may be archived and can be retrieved on request.

Party names for civil cases filed prior to 1989 and for criminal cases filed prior to 1993 are available on microfiche.

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How do I get a transcript?

Transcript of a trial or other court proceeding is ordered directly from the court reporter or from the court reporter coordinator.

Please see applicable telephone numbers by accessing Directories.

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Can I file a pleading by fax?

No. We do not accept fax filings.

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Can you fax other documents to me?

The clerk's office does not send copies of other documents by fax.

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How do I obtain a commercial surety bond?

You may obtain a commercial surety bond only from a certified company approved by the U.S. Treasury.  A list of approved surety companies may be found at the US Department of the Treasury website.

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How can I obtain a Petition for Naturalization (Form N-405) and get information about applying for citizenship?

Applicants for citizenship must file a Petition for Naturalization (Form-405) with the Citizenship & Immigration Service (CIS). All requirements of the CIS must be fulfilled prior to receiving the Certificate of Naturalization. To obtain petition forms and naturalization information, please contact the CIS office.

Citizenship & Immigration Service
2424 Edenborn Ave., Suite 300
Metairie, LA 70001
1-800-375-5283
          http://www.uscis.gov
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Where are the court's naturalization records located?

Inquires regarding the court's naturalization records should be directed to:

Clerk's Office
U.S. District Court
500 Poydras St., Room C-151
New Orleans, LA  70130
(504) 589-7714
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How will I be notified of my naturalization ceremony date?

Approximately two to three weeks prior to the ceremony, the Citizenship & Immigration Service will send you a written notice of the date and time to report.

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I lost my certificate of naturalization. Can I get a copy from the court?

No. You must contact the Citizenship & Immigration Service office that issued the certificate or go to their website at www.uscis.gov for form N-565.

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Can I get verification of citizenship from the court?

Yes. The clerk's office can verify citizenship information derived from court records. Contact the office in the city where your naturalization ceremony was conducted.

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Does the court issue passports?

No, this court does not issue passports.

Passports are issued by the U.S. Department of State.  You may contact the National Passport Information Center at 1 (877) 487-2778 or go to their website at www.travel.state.gov.

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