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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.

July 18, 2014
On June 19, 2014, the Clerk issued a Notice of Proposed Amendments to Rules 47.5, 67.1, and 67.2 of Local Civil Rules of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana and a Notice of Proposed Amendment to the Local Criminal Rules for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, adding Local Criminal Rule 23.2. The Notice required all comments to be made in writing by July 19, 2014. A request was made for an extension of 30 thirty days to submit comments. The Court en banc having considered the request for an extension of the comment period, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the comment period for the proposed changes to the Local Civil Rules and Local Criminal Rules is hereby extended until August 18, 2014.   Full Page View
June 19, 2014
Pursuant to Rule 83 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Public Notice is hereby given of proposed amendments to the Local Civil Rules of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana as shown below. The new language is underlined and the old language is lined through.   Full Page View
June 19, 2014
Pursuant to Rule 83 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Public Notice is hereby given of proposed amendment to the Local Criminal Rules of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. LCrR 23.2 will be added and shall read as follows:   Full Page View
June 1, 2014
Appropriate Public Notice and an opportunity to comment having been given pursuant to Rule 83 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and pursuant to a majority vote of the active judges of this court, IT IS ORDERED that effective June 1, 2014, Rule 10.2 of the Rules for Lawyer Disciplinary Enforcement for the United State District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana is amended as follows:   Full Page View
May 22, 2014
  PUBLIC NOTICE   The current term of office of United States Magistrate Judges Sally Shushan and Karen Wells Roby are due to expire January 31, 2015 and February 21, 2015, respectively. 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 duties of a magistrate judge include the following: (1) conducting most preliminary proceedings in criminal cases; (2) trial and deposition 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 judges should be recommended by the panel for reappointment by the court and should be directed to William W. Blevins, Clerk, United States District Court, 500 Poydras Street, Room C-151, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130. Comments must be received by August 1, 2014.   Order Establishing Merit Selection Panel re: Magistrate Judge Sally Shushan Order Establishing Merit Selection Panel re: Magistrate Judge Karen Wells Roby  
April 22, 2014
  Pilot Beginning July 1, 2014 - Extended through December 31, 2016 If you are interested in volunteering for the Civil Pro Bono Counsel Panel, please contact Erin Arnold by e-mail or at 504-589-7812.   Full Page View
March 17, 2014
Pursuant to Rule 83 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Public Notice is hereby given of proposed amendments to the Rules for Lawyer Disciplinary Enforcement of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana with the new language underlined and the old language lined-through: Full Page View
January 28, 2014
The court will be open as usual at 8:30AM on Thursday, January 30, 2014.   Because of adverse weather conditions, the courthouse will be closed Tuesday, January 28, and Wednesday, January 29, 2014. Please see related Order.   The Court’s electronic filing system remains available and will be monitored for emergency matters, e.g., death penalty cases with execution dates, or deportation matters with imminent and confirmed deportation dates, that may continue to be filed.

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