The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana recently conducted a survey of all attorneys licensed to practice before the court entitled, “COVID-19 & Jury Reconstitution Issues Survey.” Please select this link to review the survey results. Please be aware that the decision to resume in-person hearings and jury trials must take into consideration a number of factors, especially health and safety concerns, and cannot be decided simply by the results of a survey. Nevertheless, the survey reflects the thoughts of attorneys practicing in this district, which the court considers and respects.
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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.
June 18, 2020
May 15, 2020
In compliance with its congressional mandate and pursuant to the POWER Act, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana is pleased to announce a local radio campaign geared towards reaching those in our community dealing with domestic violence, and informing them that despite COVID-19 stay-at-home orders and social distancing guidelines, pro bono legal service organizations and domestic violence service providers are fully operational and ready to serve them in their time of need. To listen to the radio message, please select the play button below. Your browser does not support the audio element.
May 12, 2020
Notice to Public Access Terminal Users: If you need assistance with accessing court documents and are not able, or cannot afford, to use PACER.gov, please call the Clerk’s Office at 504-589-7674.
April 24, 2020
Effective immediately: The Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana has issued COVID-19 General Order No. 20-6, amending COVID-19 General Orders 20-2 through 20-5 to extend certain deadlines addressed therein: (1) All civil and criminal jury trials currently suspended until May 1, 2020, are hereby further suspended until August 1, 2020, 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 respect to other matters requiring in-person appearances, including bench trials, hearings, conferences or other proceedings in either civil or criminal matters between the date of this order and August 1, 2020, counsel must contact the presiding judge's chambers to determine whether and how the matter will proceed. (3) All grand jury proceedings in this District are suspended until August 1, 2020, subject to change upon motion from the government and further orders of the Court. (4) With regard to criminal matters, the time period of the postponements implemented by this administrative 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). (5) All events involving the Court or scheduled to be held in the courthouse that are not case-specific, including, but not limited to, continuing legal education courses, public tours, Inns of Court meetings, and naturalization ceremonies conducted by the Court, which are scheduled to occur between May 1, 2020 and August 1, 2020, are hereby cancelled and will be rescheduled when appropriate. Please see the Eastern District of Louisiana website, www.laed.uscourts.gov, for additional information and for updates. View this PDF.
April 3, 2020
Effective immediately, the Hale Boggs Federal Building located at 500 Poydras Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, which houses the United States District Court as well as the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, is closed to the general public. The District Court and Bankruptcy Court are operating with skeletal crews to perform critical mission responsibilities. Litigants may file documents electronically through the District and Bankruptcy Courts' CM/ECF systems, which remain fully operational. Unrepresented persons may send filings electronically to the District Court at firstname.lastname@example.org, by facsimile at (504) 310-8159, or by U.S. Mail to The Clerk's Office, U.S. District Court, 500 Poydras Street, Room C-151, New Orleans, LA 70130. Unrepresented persons may send filings electronically to the Bankruptcy Court at Orders_Clerk@laeb.uscourts.gov, by facsimile to (504) 589-7866, or by U.S. Mail to The Clerk's Office, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, 500 Poydras Street, Suite B-601, New Orleans, LA 70130. The public is encouraged to use online Court resources for the District Court http://www.laed.uscourts.gov and the Bankruptcy Court http://www.laeb.uscourts.gov or contact the Courts by telephone with any questions. View this PDF.
March 30, 2020
In response to the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in the United States, the Congress has passed and the President has signed into law the CARES Act, H.R. 748, which authorizes the use of video and telephone conferencing, under certain circumstances and with the consent of the defendant, for a number of criminal proceedings during the COVID-19 emergency. The Judicial Conference of the United States has adopted a finding that emergency conditions exist that materially affect the functioning of the federal court generally. To facilitate the use of the emergency procedures authorized by the CARES Act, the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana has issued COVID-19 General Order No. 20-4 for the Court. The public is encouraged to visit the Courts website, www.laed.uscourts.gov, often for additional information and for updates. View this PDF.
March 20, 2020
Effective March 23, 2020, and subject to the conditions set forth in this Court's General Order 20-2(5), criminal proceedings before the Magistrate Judges of the United States District Court for Eastern District of Louisiana will be adjusted as follows: Court will be convened on Mondays and Fridays. To the extent feasible, these twice-weekly court sessions will be conducted by video conference, as long as the defendant consents to that procedure. The Court will address requests to deviate from this schedule on a case-by-case basis as needed. Please see the Eastern District of Louisiana website, www.laed.uscourts.gov, for additional information and for updates. View this PDF.
March 20, 2020
Due to concerns regarding COVID-19, until May 1, 2020, the Clerk’s Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana will not accept sealed documents on paper for filing. Sealed documents should be submitted by email to the Court at email@example.com. Please use the encrypted “Send Securely” option in your email if available. Documents should be in PDF format and include an electronic signature of the attorney filing it. Non-sealed pleadings should not be submitted to this email box. Non-sealed pleadings must be submitted for filing through CM/ECF, the court’s electronic filing system. Until May 1, 2020, unrepresented parties, including individuals who are incarcerated, may fax pleadings to 504-310-8159 or email pleadings to firstname.lastname@example.org. If additional information is required, the Clerk’s Office will contact the filer by email.
March 17, 2020
Hale Boggs Building, Including Intake, Pro Se, and Public Terminal Areas, Closed to the General Public At the direction of the Chief Judge, until further notice, due to public health concerns relating to COVID-19, the Hale Boggs Federal Building located at 500 Poydras Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, which houses the United States District Court as well as the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, is closed to the general public. The Intake and Pro Se areas of the United States District Court Clerk’s Office and the public terminal area adjacent to the United States District Court’s Clerk’s Office and the elevator tower also remain closed to the public. No cash will be accepted at this time. For questions, the Intake Unit may be reached at 504-589-7674 and the Pro Se Unit may be reached at 504-589-7751. Mail U.S. District Court documents or payments to: The Clerk’s Office, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, 500 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130. Unrepresented persons may also send filings electronically to email@example.com or by facsimile to (504) 310-8159. Additional information and updates will be available via the Eastern District of Louisiana’s website, www.laed.uscourts.gov.
March 16, 2020
COVID-19 General Order 20-2: March 16, 2020, Trials, In-Person Hearings & Conferences Cont. to May 1, 2020
Effective immediately: In response to the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), to combat the spread of the disease, given the severity of risks posed to the public, Court staff, and other Court agencies, and considering the public health recommendations from the CDC, the Eastern District of Louisiana issued COVID-19 General Order No. 20-2. The order (1) continues all civil and criminal bench and jury trials until May 1, 2020, to a date to be reset by each presiding judge, but does not continue any other pending deadlines; (2) continues all civil and criminal in-person hearings, proceedings, and conferences until May 1, 2020, to be reset by each presiding judge; (3) suspends all grand jury proceedings until May 1, 2020; (4) issues findings pursuant to the Speedy Trial Act; (5) indicates that criminal matters before magistrate judges will continue in the ordinary course but may be held by video conferencing if available; (6) cancels naturalization ceremonies, CLE programs, and all events in the courthouse that are not case-specific until May 1, 2020, and (7) requires that, beginning March 18, 2020, all attorney admissions be handled by motion and order. Please see the Eastern District of Louisiana website, www.laed.uscourts.gov, for additional information and for updates. View this PDF.