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
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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.
August 18, 2021
August 16, 2021
2021 POWER Act Event: “Empowering Beyond Survival: Exploring Pro Bono Representation of Domestic Violence Survivors”
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.
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.