Court Orders and Information Related to Hurricane Ida
Considering the catastrophic damage that Hurricane Ida caused in the state of Louisiana and other matters outlined therein, Chief Judge Brown has issued General Order No. 21-14 on September 10, 2021.
1. All civil and criminal jury trials are suspended until November 1, 2021 and will be reset by each presiding judge. Attorneys should contact the presiding judges regarding any other deadlines that might be affected by this order.
2. With regard to criminal trials, this order extends criminal trial deadlines previously addressed in General Orders 21-11 and 21-12. Due to the Court’s reduced ability to safely obtain an adequate spectrum of jurors and the effect of Hurricane Ida and the recent surge of COVID-19 cases on the ability of counsel and Court staff to be safely present in the courtroom, the time period of the postponements implemented by this general order will be excluded under the Speedy Trial Act, as the Court specifically finds that the ends of justice served by ordering the postponements outweigh the best interest of the public and any defendant’s right to a speedy trial, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3161(h)(7)(A).
Further, Chief Judge Brown has issued General Order No. 21-12 on September 4, 2021.
1. All deadlines and delays, including prescriptive and peremptive periods, in cases pending or to be filed in this Court are hereby suspended for thirty (30) days commencing from August 26, 2021.
2. All criminal trials are excluded from the time requirements of the Speedy Trial Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3161, beginning on August 26, 2021 and continuing for thirty (30) days thereafter.
3. All grand jury proceedings in this district are suspended beginning on August 26, 2021 and continuing for thirty (30) days thereafter, subject to change upon motion from the government and further orders of the Court.
4. With regard to criminal matters, due to the Court’s reduced ability to obtain an adequate spectrum of jurors and the effect of Hurricane Ida on the ability of counsel and Court staff to be safely present in the courtroom, the time period of the postponements implemented by this general order will be excluded under the Speedy Trial Act, as the Court specifically finds that the ends of justice served by ordering the postponements outweigh the best interest of the public and any defendant’s right to a speedy trial, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3161(h)(7)(A).
Court operations which had been suspended until September 7, 2021, will resume on September 7, 2021, at 8:30 a.m. The Clerk’s Office staff will be available between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm on site and remotely until 5:00 pm.
Litigants may continue to file documents electronically through the District Court’s CM/ECF system. Unrepresented persons may send filings electronically to the District Court at firstname.lastname@example.org, by facsimile at (504) 310-8159, or by U.S. Mail to The Clerk's Office, U.S. District Court, 500 Poydras Street, Room C-151, New Orleans, LA 70130.
Court Staff Hurricane Ida Assistance Resources
Hurricane Ida Emergency Relocation Frequently Asked Questions: https://jnet.ao.dcn/financial-management/safe-havenemergency-relocation-...
FEMA: Applying for Natural Disaster Assistance, from Hurricane IDA. FEMA will help determine your eligibility for different assistance offerings. Remember to document any property damage and save receipts for repairs, equipment and hotel stays.
Or Call, 1-800-621-3362
FEMA Hotel Relocation Assistance: Provides a list of participating hotels and a online application to confirm eligibility. You may apply for immediate assistance whether you have already incurred hotel expenses in the aftermath of Ida, or if you are still without utilities at your residence and need a functional place to stay until your home is habitable.
If you applied for FEMA hotel assistance before Friday September 3rd, and your request was denied because you had renters or home owners insurance, the program has expanded and even those with insurance should now be eligible for this assistance program. You are encouraged to resubmit an application for such assistance.
NOLA Ready: Hurricane Ida Response Information (Shelter Info, Cooling Centers, Meals/Water/Ice distribution).
or Text: NOLAREADY to 77295 on your phone for regular emergency notices/updates
Louisiana Department of Transportation: For mapping your route in and out of NOLA area, provides real time updates on road conditions/closures.
Free Roof Tarping Assistance: Provided by the US Army Corps of Engineers.
Gas Station Tracker: Identifies the Fuel and Power status of gas stations (can search by city and by map)
Power Outage Tracker: https://poweroutage.us/area/state/louisiana
HUD Disaster Assistance: Temporary Foreclosure Relief, FHA Mortgage Insurance Assistance, Financing Assistance for those who have lost their homes.
Airport Status: https://www.fly.faa.gov/flyfaa/semap.jsp
Employee Assistance Program (EAP): In addition to providing 24/7 confidential counseling services to help those dealing with the emotional aftermath of a disaster, they also have specialists standing by to help connect you with finding shelter, emergency programs, the Red Cross and other national/local resources.
or Call, 1-800-222-0364
Emergency Debris Removal: