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September 20, 2021
THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA ISSUED REQUEST FOR QUOTE NUMBER LAEDCLERK21-0016 FOR THE PROCUREMENT OF  BASES FOR 500 ROTARY CHAIRS.    VENDORS INTERESTED IN SUBMITTING A QUOTE MAY REQUEST A COPY OF THE SOLICITATION FROM LAEDML_PROCUREMENT@LAED.USCOURTS.GOV.    THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT AN OFFER IS 5:00 P.M. C.S.T ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2021.  PLEASE CONTACT ALEXIS KOEPPEN AT (504) 589-7675 WITH ANY QUESTIONS. Request for Quote
September 10, 2021
The catastrophic damage caused by Hurricane Ida has reduced the Court’s ability to obtain an adequate spectrum of jurors and hinders the ability of counsel and Court staff to be safely present in the courtroom. Additionally, a continuance of jury trials is necessary to combat the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), given the severity of risks posed to the public, Court staff, and other Court agencies, and considering the recent surge of COVID-19 cases within the thirteen parishes encompassing the Eastern District of Louisiana caused by the Delta variant. Accordingly, the undersigned as Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana hereby orders as follows: 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).  View this PDF
September 7, 2021
The Chief Judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana has issued COVID-19 General Order No. 21-13, extending COVID-19 General Order No. 21-7, COVID-19 General Order No. 21-3, COVID-19 General Order No. 20-14, COVID-19 General Order No. 20-11, COVID-19 General Order No. 20-8, and COVID-19 General Order No. 20-4 (attached as Exhibit A to this Order and incorporated herein by reference) for an additional ninety days or until December 6, 2021. View this PDF
September 4, 2021
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. 21-12 on September 4, 2021, providing that: 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).    View this PDF MDLA Omnibus Order Extending Deadlines due to Hurricane Ida Louisiana Supreme Court Order Suspending Prescriptive, Peremptive, and Abandonment Periods due to Hurricane Ida
August 30, 2021
All Court operations are suspended until at least September 7, 2021. However, CM-ECF is still available. Jury trials remain suspended until September 20, 2021. Addendum to General Order 21-11
August 20, 2021
The United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, has issued a request for quote, LAEDCLERK21-0014 for the procurement of onsite, rapid COVID-19 testing. Vendors interested in submitting a proposal may request a copy of the request for quote from laedml_procurement@laed.uscourts.gov. The deadline for submitting quotes is 12:00 P.M. C.S.T. on Thursday, August 26th, 2021. Please contact Jeffrey Ganucheau at (504) 589-3322 with any questions. Amendment to RFQ LAEDCLERK21-0014 has been issued to request pricing for vendor-provided, rapid test materials.  Please use the amended price sheet to submit pricing. Request for Quote Amended price sheet
August 19, 2021
THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT, EASTERN DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA, HAS ISSUED REQUEST FOR QUOTE  LAEDCLERK21-0012 FOR THE PROCUREMENT OF  MOVING SERVICES FOR VARIOUS PROJECTS OVER THE NEXT TWELVE MONTHS AT 500 POYDRAS STREET, NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA.    VENDORS INTERESTED IN SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL MAY REQUEST A COPY OF THE REQUEST FOR QUOTE FROM LAEDML_PROCUREMENT@LAED.USCOURTS.GOV.  THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING QUOTES IS 5:00 P.M. C.S.T ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2021.  PLEASE CONTACT ALEXIS KOEPPEN AT (504) 589-7675 WITH ANY QUESTIONS. Request for Quote
August 18, 2021
To combat the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), given the severity of risks posed to the public, Court staff, and other Court agencies, and considering the recent surge of COVID-19 cases within the 13 parishes encompassing the Eastern District of Louisiana caused by the Delta variant, the undersigned as Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana issued COVID-19 General Order No. 21-11 ordering that:   1) All civil and criminal jury trials are suspended until September 20, 2021 and will be reset by each presiding judge. Those continuances do not continue any pending deadlines other than the trial dates. Attorneys should contact the presiding judges in their continued cases if they seek to modify such other deadlines.   2) With regard to criminal matters, due to the Court's reduced ability to safely obtain an adequate spectrum of jurors and the effect of 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). View this PDF
August 16, 2021
2021 POWER Act Event: “Empowering Beyond Survival: Exploring Pro Bono Representation of Domestic Violence Survivors,” Thursday, September 16, 12:00-1:30 pm, via Zoom, 1.5 hours of CLE credit (including ½ hour of Professionalism), no registration fee.  Elena Perez of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, Rebecca Rainey of Metro Centers for Community Advocacy, and Allyson Tuttle of Project SAVE/CCANO will discuss client services, protective orders, court safety procedures, and d/v pro bono opportunities.  To register for the event, please send an email to LAED_RSVP@laed.uscourts.gov.  To view the event flyer, please click here.
August 12, 2021
On July 8, 2021, the Honorable Jay C. Zainey, U.S. District Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, administered the Oath of Allegiance to over 25 individuals, granting them United States citizenship.  In taking the oath, the naturalization candidates promised to support, defend, and bear true faith and allegiance to the U.S. Constitution and laws.  The administrations were a true example of our country’s core belief that all peoples, regardless of race, creed, color or national origin, are entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  To view photographs of the oath administrations, please select this link.

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