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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.

January 24, 2014
The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has tentatively selected Claude J. Kelly III for appointment as the Federal Public Defender for the Eastern District of Louisiana, subject to further consideration after background investigations are conducted. The office is headquartered at New Orleans. Full Page View
January 6, 2014
A triennial attorney registration statement and fee are required by Rule 83.2.2 of the Local Civil Rules for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The Court has set the triennial fee for 2014-2016 at $45.   You must pay the triennial fee of $45 by credit card and confirm your current information through your Eastern District of Louisiana e-filing account at https://ecf.laed.uscourts.gov. TO AVOID SUSPENSION FROM PRACTICE BEFORE THIS COURT, THIS MUST BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO MARCH 3, 2014. NOTE: Inactive Status Counsel, Government Attorneys or those admitted Pro Hac Vice are NOT required by Local Rule to pay this triennial registration fee. United States District Court                                                                                                            WILLIAM W. BLEVINS Eastern District of Lousiana                                                                                                          CLERK OF COURT 500 Poydras St., Room C-151                                                                                                      January 5, 2014 New Orleans, LA 70130  
January 1, 2014
Secure, high-speed Wi-Fi access is NOW available at no cost to all members of the bar at the United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana. This Wi-Fi coverage is funded through the attorney admission fund. Operated and supported by Courtroom Connect, the network provides coverage in all courtrooms (except Judge Engelhardt's), public hallways, lobbies, and the Attorney Conference Center once relocated to the 2nd floor. Full Page View
December 16, 2013
Pursuant to a majority vote of the active judges of this court; IT IS ORDERED that Rule 9.1 et seq of the Rules for Lawyer Disciplinary Enforcement of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana are hereby amended as follows: 9. Post-Discipline Procedures 9.1. Payment of Fees and Costs 9.1.1. Fees of Prosecution Counsel. On completion of his/her services in any disciplinary or other matter under these Rules, counsel designated by the Lawyer Disciplinary Committee to prosecute any disciplinary action may file a motion with the clerk of court seeking an award of reasonable fees and costs, to be paid from the court’s Disciplinary Enforcement Fund Attorneys' Registration and Disciplinary Fund. In awarding fees, the court must apply the hourly rates applicable to lawyers representing indigent defendants in the court. 9.1.2. Assessment of Fees and Costs. The court may assess attorney’s fees and costs of any disciplinary proceeding against the respondent. The respondent must remit any such funds to the clerk of court per Rule 11(c) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. for deposit into the court’s Disciplinary Enforcement Fund. New Orleans, Louisiana this 16th day of December 2013. Full Page View
December 11, 2013
  Effective February 1, 2014, the Clerk's Office will no longer accept credit card payments for restitution obligations. Restitution payments must be made by cash, check or money order only.
November 15, 2013
  NOTICE TO THE BAR At its September 2013 session, the Judicial Conference of the United States approved several changes to the miscellaneous fee schedules effective December 1, 2013. The appellate filing fee is increased to $505 which includes a $50 administrative fee. The records retrieval fee is increased from $53 to $64 for the first box requested from a Federal Records Center and a new fee of $39 for each additional box requested was created in an effort to recoup some of the rising shipping and processing costs for handling paper records. The entire fee schedule for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana can be found at http://www.laed.uscourts.gov/CASES/fee.htm   November 15, 2013 William W. Blevins, Clerk      
November 15, 2013
Pursuant to Rule 83 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Public Notice is hereby given of the proposed revised Rules for Lawyer Disciplinary Enforcement of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. 9. Post-Discipline Procedures 9.1. Payment of Fees and Costs 9.1.1. Fees of Prosecution Counsel. On completion of his/her services in any disciplinary or other matter under these Rules, counsel designated by the Lawyer Disciplinary Committee to prosecute any disciplinary action may file a motion with the clerk of court seeking an award of reasonable fees and costs, to be paid from the court’s Disciplinary Enforcement Fund Attorneys' Registration and Disciplinary Fund. In awarding fees, the court must apply the hourly rates applicable to lawyers representing indigent defendants in the court. 9.1.2. Assessment of Fees and Costs. The court may assess attorney’s fees and costs of any disciplinary proceeding against the respondent. The respondent must remit any such funds to the clerk of court per Rule 11(c) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. for deposit into the court’s Disciplinary Enforcement Fund.   Comments may be made in writing via email to Clerk@laed.uscourts.gov or addressed to Clerk of Court, U.S. District Court, EDLA, 500 Poydras St., Room C-151, New Orleans, LA 70130 before December 14, 2013.   November 14, 2013 William W. Blevins, Clerk    
November 15, 2013
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana is pleased to announce the selection of Michael B. North as Magistrate Judge for the District subject to completion of a standard background check. Full Page View
November 4, 2013
Administrative Procedures for Electronic Case Filings and Unique Procedures and Practices for Electronic Filings are now one document. These documents, along with Electronic Filing for Attorneys, have been combined and updated. Full Page View
September 17, 2013
  ORDER AND REASONS Before the Court is the Motion for New Trial (Rec. Doc. 963) originally urged by defendant Arthur Kaufman, and joined in by the other defendants in this matter who were tried and convicted in 2011 (hereinafter referred to as "Defendants" or "the defendants). The government opposes this motion. (Rec. Doc. 1007.) The Court heard oral argument on the defendants' motion on June 13, 2012 (Rec. Doc. 1020). A detailed recounting of subsequent events is set forth in this Court's Order and Reasons dated November 26,2012 (Rec. Doc. 1070). As an expected result of that Order, the Court is in receipt of additional information to which it was not privy at the time of its last Order. With such information and for the reasons stated herein, IT IS ORDERED that Defendants' motion is GRANTED. ... more Full Page View

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