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Proposed Changes to Local Rules

Release Date: 
Monday, June 19, 2000


          Pursuant to Rule 83 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, public notice is hereby given of the proposed amendments to the Uniform Local Rules of the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana. It is proposed that the following local rules be amended to read as follows. New language is underlined, old language is lined through.

LR10.1E Form: Statement Regarding Filing of Papers

All papers drafted for filing in this court shall be on 8½ by 11 inch paper, plainly written or printed without defacing erasures or interlineations, and shall be double spaced, except that quotations and footnotes may be single spaced. If a document consists of more than three (3) pages, each page of the document shall bear a sequential number, beginning with "1" for the first page.

On the first page of each document, the left and right margins will be one inch from the edge of the page, the top margin will be two and one-half inches, and the bottom margin will be one and one-half inches. On subsequent pages, all margins will be no less than one inch. No print or writing, except the page numbers, shall appear in the margins, and page numbers shall not be less than one-half inch from the bottom of the page.

In addition to the requirements of FRCvP 10(a), the caption shall also indicate the Division and Section (as applicable and after allotment), and the judge and the magistrate judge to whom the case is assigned.

A completed and executed Civil Cover Sheet form shall accompany the initial pleading of each civil case to be filed, except that such requirement shall not apply to persons in the custody of civil, state or federal institutions or to persons filing cases pro se.

LR83.2.2E Eligibility

Any member in good standing of the bar of the Supreme Court of Louisiana who is of good moral character is eligible for admission to the bar of these courts the Eastern District of Louisiana.

LR83.2.3E Procedure for Admission

A. Each applicant for admission to the bar of this court shall file with the clerk a written petition signed by him or her and endorsed by two members of the bar of this court listing the applicant's residence and office address, his or her general and legal education, the courts that have admitted him or her to practice, and stating that the applicant is qualified to practice before this court, is of good moral character, and is not subject to any pending disbarment or professional discipline procedure in any other court. If the applicant has been convicted of a felony or has previously been subject to any disciplinary proceedings, full information about the conviction or about the disciplinary proceedings, including the charges and the result will be given.

B. The petitioner may then be admitted in open court or in chambers, and upon taking an oath to conduct himself or herself as an attorney or counselor of this court uprightly and according to law and to support the Constitution of the United States. He or she shall then, under the direction of the clerk, sign the roll of attorneys and pay the fee required by law and any other fee required by the court. Unless such a motion for admission is made within six months of the filing of the petition, the clerk may destroy the petition and a new petition will be necessary before the applicant can be admitted.

         Comments may be made in writing addressed to the Clerk of Court before July 17, 2000.