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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.

November 27, 2019
From September 8 – 12, 2019, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana hosted a delegation of criminal court judges from the Republic of Georgia.  The purpose of the delegation’s visit was to observe criminal proceedings and engage in discussions to gain insight into the innerworkings of the United States’ criminal justice system.  Visiting judges included Lela Nozadze, Ketevan Jatchvadze, Nino Tarashvili, and Levan Darbaidze.  The delegation was accompanied by United States Embassy staff members, Judicial Resident Legal Advisor Kevin Burke, Staff Attorney Ekaterine Popkhadze, and Interpreter Maia Zaridze.  Highlights of the delegation’s visit included meeting with Chief U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown, U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon, Federal 5th Circuit Appellate Judge Stephen Higginson, Federal Public Defender Claude Kelly, First Assistant United States Attorney Michael Simpson, United States Probation Officer Veronica Ramirez, United States Marshal Scott Illing, Judicial Security Inspector Andrew Conklin, and District Judge Case Manager Supervisor James Crull.  In addition, the delegation observed criminal proceedings presided over by Chief U.S. District Judge Brown as well as U.S. District Judge Greg Guidry, U.S. Magistrate Judge Janis van Meerveld, and Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Judge Franz Zibilich.  
November 25, 2019
On October 17, 2019, 35 individuals were naturalized as new United States citizens at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The Honorable Greg G. Guidry, District Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, presided over the ceremony. The naturalization candidates originated from countries around the world, including Vietnam, Ecuador, Russia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Philippines, Honduras, Ukraine, Colombia, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Yemen, Lebanon, Haiti, and Canada. After the candidates individually announced their names and countries of origin, they took the Oath of Allegiance to the United States. The new citizens then received certificates of naturalization and posed for pictures with Judge Guidry. Following the ceremony, citizens were invited to complete voter registration applications by the New Orleans Chapter of the League of Women Voters. Please select this link to access ceremony photographs.
October 29, 2019
In light of our Clerk of Court’s upcoming retirement the US District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana is searching for a Clerk of Court.  Interested applicants can view the vacancy announcement here.
October 21, 2019
The BIENNIAL FEDERAL BENCH AND BAR CONFERENCE is fast approaching.  The Conference will be held on Friday, October 25, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Orleans.  The final agenda has been posted on the FBBC website  Please use the conference password previously provided via email to access the website. For questions about the conference, please call 504-589-3345 or send an email to 
September 26, 2019
On September 4, 2019, Chief United States District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown and United States Senator Bill Cassidy jointly convened a Reentry Task Force, the purpose of which was to discuss a system-wide approach to identifying issues and developing solutions relating to the transition of individuals who have been incarcerated back into the community. Judicial officers from throughout the Eastern District of Louisiana who implement reentry courts, local government representatives, state and federal pretrial and probation officers, business owners and other professionals who provide or want to be involved in providing assistance with effective, predictable and safe transition of these citizens returning to our communities, and other stakeholders in and around Louisiana were invited to join task force subcommittees. These stakeholders were challenged to share information concerning mental illness, drug addiction, learning differences, housing and employment, funding, policies, procedures, and gaps in coverage. With this information sharing, the Chief Judge and Senator hope to create a more proactive, systemic approach to transitioning returning individuals back into the community, one which assists individuals from the time of initial arrest through release, and one that supports and enhances the safety of our community as a whole.
September 23, 2019
First Notice to the Bar
September 3, 2019
Order Establishing Merit Selection Panel for Full-time Magistrate Judge Vacancy
August 19, 2019
The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Appellate, Bankruptcy, and Civil Rules have proposed amendments to their respective rules, have asked that they be circulated to the bench, bar, and public for comment. Appellate Rules:  3,6,42, and Froms 1 and 2 Bankruptcy Rules: 2005, 3007, 7007.1, and 9036 Civil Rules: 7.1 The proposed amendments and the advisory committees’ reports explaining the proposed changes are posted on the Judiciary’s website at: The information is posted in a printable format for those who prefer hard-copy documents. The public comment period closes on February 19, 2020.
July 26, 2019
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana is now receiving applications to attend the BIENNIAL FEDERAL BENCH AND BAR CONFERENCE to be held on Friday, October 25, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Orleans. Email notifications with instructions on how to apply have been sent to all active attorneys in the Eastern District of Louisiana Bar.   The conference will be free to members of the court's bar who are in good standing and will include at least 6 hours of CLE credit. In addition to the training and educational programs to be offered, the conference will provide complimentary refreshments, including a breakfast, lunch, and closing reception. For questions about the conference, please call 504-589-3345 or send an email to   
July 26, 2019
Pending required approvals, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana is seeking qualified applicants to fill a vacancy in the position of United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The position will be available June 1, 2020. The deadline for applications is September 13, 2019. A full public notice and application for the Magistrate Judge position may be found on our employment page.