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News & Announcements: 2015-06

Check this page, or the News and Announcements box on the homepage, for the latest official news and announcements released by the court. You can also access archived news and announcements from this page.

June 22, 2015
On July 1, 2015, the U.S. District Court will modify and expand the current Attorney WiFi network by removing the requirements for a password and increasing data bandwidth to increase network speed and improving its ease of use. This will also better align our services to those already being offered throughout the federal judiciary and in most state and local courts in our area. Once these changes are implemented, WiFi users at the courthouse will be presented with a splash screen upon initial connection to the network, Court Public WiFi, that outlines the acceptable use policy for acknowledgement. Assistance with connecting to the WiFi and technical support are available through Courtroom Connect at 877-838-9067 or by email at
June 17, 2015
The Court strongly prefers and recommends that all documents created via word-processing software which are filed in CM/ECF be saved as PDF files as opposed to being printed to hard copy and scanned. Scanners should be used only for documents (such as exhibits and attachments) that cannot be produced with a word-processing program. Instructions for saving a document as a PDF file from Microsoft Word and Corel WordPerfect may be found here. All documents created via word-processing software can be easily saved as PDF files as opposed to printed to hard copy and scanned. E-filing PDF documents created via word-processing software and saved as PDF files allows judicial officers and their staff to access cited cases and statutes directly using an internal tool which converts them to a hyperlink. Not only are these documents text searchable and smaller in size, but they also allow the Court to easily adjust orders and other submissions as needed.
June 16, 2015
 We have been notified that internet service providers (ISP's) may consider the court's Notice of Electronic Filing e-mails as SPAM, and may not be allowing these e-mails through. The following can be followed to provide the best assurance of getting these notices of electronic filings. If your e-mail system employs an "anti-spam" feature, please configure it to accept e-mails from "". Keep your e-mail addresses up-to-date in our CM/ECF system. As per Administrative Procedures Rule 5, the court does not monitor bounce back emails for attorneys. Also available to help with ensuring you get important e-mails from the court: To verify the latest activity in your current cases, login to CM/ECF with your e-filing account and run the report to view Summary of ECF Activity. If this report indicates activity from which you did not receive notice, call the CMECF Helpdesk at 866-209-7767. To stop receiving general announcement emails from the court please do not mark these emails as SPAM. Instead unsubscribe from general announcement notices from the Eastern District of Louisiana by logging in to and go to "Utilities, then "Maintain Your E-mail". Click on your e-mail address then change the announcement setting on the right.
June 12, 2015
A report is available to attorneys to view the activity in all cases for which you are an attorney of record for a specific date. You MUST use your e-filing account to access this report. The report is located on the Utilities menu and is named, Summary of ECF Activity. Full Page View
June 1, 2015
Filing of civil contested motions in CM/ECF will no longer require the inclusion of a time of day entry at the "Motion Submission Date" screen. Only an eligible motion submission date will be entered. A Notice of Submission document is still a required attachment pursuant to Local Rule 7.2. The list of available submission dates for all judicial officers may be found on the Court's website. A quick reference document with CMECF screen shots illustrating the previous and new "Motion Submission Date" screens and docket entry examples is available here. As always, any Request for Oral Argument must be filed in accordance with Local Rule 78.1.