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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.

April 9, 2021
Video of Jury Service Overview
July 29, 2021
Considering recent recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the State of Louisiana, and the City of New Orleans, all individuals must wear a mask or face covering over their nose and mouth to enter the Hale Boggs Federal Building or Courthouse unless they present medical documentation stating that they are unable to wear a mask for health reasons.  All individuals are required to distance 6 feet apart from other individuals while moving through the building.  View this PDF
July 28, 2021
The Court has found that Magistrate Judge Michael North, whose current term expires February 28, 2022, should be considered for reappointment. Accordingly, it is ordered that a Merit Selection Panel be established.
July 19, 2021
Pursuant to a vote of the en banc court; United States Magistrate Judge Michael North was designated Chief Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana for a period of four years effective on July 18, 2021. Full Page View
July 9, 2021
On May 27, 2021, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana celebrated Asian American Pacific Islander History Month by hosting a program entitled, “The Asian American Experience: From Korematsu to Covid-19.”  The program featured panelists, Dr. Karen Korematsu, founder of The Fred Korematsu Institute and daughter of the late civil rights icon, Fred Korematsu; the Honorable Cyndi Nguyen, New Orleans City Councilwoman, District E; David Courcelle, Jefferson Parish Deputy Parish Attorney; and Dr. Jean Bing Simpson, LSU psychiatrist.  Mr. Courcelle moderated the event, and the Honorable Nannette Jolivette Brown, Chief U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana, gave opening and closing remarks.  The panelists gave varied legal, historical, and social perspectives on the Asian American experience, and provided valuable insight into what it meant to be an Asian American in times past and what it means to be an Asian American in our country today.
June 25, 2021
  the United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, has issued solicitation number LAEDCLERK21-0001 for the procurement of employee parking within two blocks of 500 poydras street, room B208, New Orleans, Louisiana.   vendors interested in submitting a proposal may Request a copy OF THE SOLICITATION from LAEDml_PROCUREMENT@LAED.USCOURTS.GOV.   The deadline for submitting AN offer is 12:00 P.M. C.S.T on WEDNESDAY, JULY 14, 2021.  If you have any questions, please contact Alexis Koeppen at (504) 589-7675.   Ad for Parking Solicitation Form for Parking Solicitation  
June 14, 2021
The Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana has issued COVID-19 General Order No. 21-7, extending 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 for an additional ninety days or until September 12, 2021. View this PDF.
June 10, 2021
On May 4th, 2021, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana held oath administrations in which 24 individuals were naturalized to become United States Citizens. The Honorable Nannette Jolivette Brown, Chief U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana, presided over the oath administrations and administered the Oath of Allegiance to the naturalization candidates. In taking the Oath, the naturalization candidates committed themselves to both the Constitution and Laws of the United States. The candidates hailed from across the globe, including Brazil, Burma, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Egypt, Honduras, Jordan, Russia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, and as a result, the administrations were truly a modern-day expression of America's diversified immigrant roots. To view photographs of the oath administrations, please select this link.
June 2, 2021
IN MEMORIAM Honorable Jerry Brown 1932 - June 2, 2021 U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, 1992 - 2020 Louisiana Eastern Bankruptcy Court
June 2, 2021
The current term of office of United States Magistrate Judge Michael B. North at New Orleans, Louisiana, is due to expire on February 28, 2022. The United States District Court is required by law to establish a panel of citizens to consider the reappointment of a magistrate judge to a new eight year term. The court is currently assembling a Merit Selection Panel. The names of the panel members will be published.  The duties of a magistrate judge include the following: (1) conducting most preliminary proceedings in criminal cases; (2) trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases; (3) conducting various pretrial matters and evidentiary proceedings on delegation from the judges of the district court; and (4) trial and disposition of civil cases upon consent of the parties. Comments from members of the bar and the public are invited as to whether the incumbent magistrate judge should be recommended by the panel for reappointment by the court and may be sent via email to or mailed to Carol L. Michel, Clerk, United States District Court, 500 Poydras Street, Room C-151, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130.  Comments must be received by September 1, 2021.   View this PDF.