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Below is a downloadable pdf collection of civil court orders from state and federal courts throughout Louisiana implementing COVID related emergency procedures.
I will check for new orders as long as emergency conditions remain active. Check back here for updates.
STAY AT HOME ORDER
UPDATE - 03/22/2020
Governor Edwards' March 22, 2020 Stay at Home Order has been added to the attached file.
UPDATES - 03/18/2020:
1. The 19th JDC issued an order on 3/17 closing the court effective 4:30 p.m. on 3/17 until 8:00 a.m. on Monday, April 13, 2020. The order is linked in the updated document.
2. Consistent with item 1 above, the East Baton Rouge Parish Clerk of Court is closed until 4/13/2020, EXCEPT FOR EMERGENCY FILINGS, which will be accepted 8:00 a.m. until noon Monday through Friday - AIRLINE HIGHWAY BRANCH OFFICE ONLY.
3. The USDC - MDLA issued Administrative Order 2020-2 (amending AO 2020-1) as follows: "10. Prescriptive, peremptive and statute of limitation deadlines are hereby suspended until April 13, 2020."
4. The La. 3rd Circuit has now issued orders respecting court access (extending the ban to cover recent visitors to ALL COUNTRIES IN EUROPE); setting all matters scheduled for oral argument on 4/30 and 5/31 to be decided on briefs; and suspending legal deadlines ending 4/13/2020.
5. The La. 4th Circuit issued an order today providing: matters set for oral argument on 4/30 are continued pending further orders, but allowing the parties to submit on briefs; all filings are to be submitted electronically (fee waived); all notices will be delivered electronically; and deadlines are suspended until 4/13.
6. Judicial district orders added from the 2nd JDC, 5th JDC, 32nd JDC and 33rd JDC.
UPDATE (sidebar edition):
1. An actual headline from the Baltimore CBS affiliate website: Baltimore Mayor Begs Residents To Stop Shooting Each Other So Hospital Beds Can Be Used For Coronavirus Patients
2. This notice from the Caddo Parish Clerk of Court will come as a relief to deadbeats: "Paternity court is canceled until further notice."
UPDATES - 03/19/2020:
1. A screenshot of the Jefferson Parish Clerk of Court website including instructions for interactions with their office has been added to the collection. I am adding clerk of court index entries to the bottom of the list. Scroll down to what is currently page 4.
2. The Saint Bernard Parish Clerk of Court is accepting FAX AND MAIL FILING ONLY.
3. I've noticed that several clerk's offices (but not all) have suspended issuance of birth and death certificates. Anyone needing routine services should check online or call first for instructions.
4. Winnfield City Court issued a 3/19/2020 Order affecting operations. It has been added to the index/collection.
5. The Second Circuit Court of Appeal, consistent with Governor Edwards' Proclamation Number JBE 2020-30, suspending deadlines until April 13 with the period treated as a legal holiday.
6. Opelousas City Court Administrative Order dated 3/16/2020 regarding court access has been posted.
7. Pineville City Court has issued an Order suspending deadlines until April 13, 2020.
8. The 10th JDC 3/18/2020 Order closing the court until April 13, 2020 is now posted. The clerk of court will remain open between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to accept filings only.
9. The 18th JDC 3/18/2020 Order continuing all jury trials schedule on or before March 27 is now posted. NOTE: the 18th JDC courts (Iberville, West Baton Rouge and Pointe Coupee Parishes) are NOT closed and proceedings may be conducted by remote means ("telephone, video, teleconferencing, or any other means that do not involve in-person contact"). The clerks of court remain open to conduct business "by appointment only."
10. Lake Charles City Court will be closed on Friday, March 20, 2020. If conditions require continued closure after 3/20/2020, an announcement will be posted at www.lccitycourt.org.
UPDATES - 03/20/2020:
1. The 32nd JDC will close at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 20, 2020 and remain closed until 8:00 a.m. on April 13, 2020.
2. Orleans Parish Civil District Court, 1st City Court, 2nd City Court and the Clerk of Court closed at noon on March 19, 2020 "until the resolution of the matter."
3. The 27th JDC issued an order on March 26 that I just located on the St. Landry Parish Clerk of Court Facebook page. Civil rules through March 30, 2020 are cancelled and "shall be rescheduled." The courthouse remains open (as of 3/16), "but access shall be in accordance with any Orders as issued by St. Landry Parish Government."
4. I am contacting district courts that are not currently on my list for status. So far, I sent emails to the clerks in De Soto, Avoyelles and Evangeline Parishes asking for status information. More requests will be sent through the day and responses will be posted here.
5. The 36th JDC and Beauregard Parish Clerk of Court are not currently operating under any specific order, but courthouse access is limited. You can call the clerk's office at (337) 463-8595 for more information.
6. The 11th JDC and Sabine Parish Clerk of Court are closed through April 24, 2020. You can check the website at sabineparishclerk.com for updates.
7. The Concordia Parish Clerk of Court is open, but access is limited. You can contact the clerk's office at (318) 336-4204.
8. The Louisiana 5th Circuit Court of Appeal issued and order consistent with the Governor's March 16, 2020 Proclamation No. JBE 2020-30 suspending all deadlines until April 13, 2020 and treating the the period until April 13, 2020 as a legal holiday.
9. The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals issued an Order (#1) under General Docket No. 2020-3 providing as follows: Oral arguments in New Orleans scheduled for March 30, 2020 and April 2, 2020 are cancelled; The John Minor Wisdom Building in New Orleans is closed to the public until further notice; The Clerk's Office remains open for "telephonic, electronic and mail operations"; Call (504) 310-7637 to arrange for delivery of REQUIRED paper filings at the ground floor of the Hebert Building; All paper filing requirements are suspended except as may be directed by the Clerk on a case-by-case basis; The Clerk may "at a future date" direct paper filing of documents previously filed electronically; "ALL CURRENT DEADLINES REMAIN IN EFFECT, EXCEPT FOR THOSE REQUIRING PRODUCTION OF PAPER COPIES" (emphasis added); "Extensions with justification may be requested from the Clerk's Office following normal procedures and rules."; Oral arguments will be scheduled for April 27-30, 2020.
10. The 23rd JDC issued an Order dated 3/20/2020 providing that the 23rd JDC, Ascension Parish Court, Ascension Parish Clerk of Court, Assumption Parish Clerk of Court and St. James Parish Clerk of Court will be open 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning March 20, 2020 and continuing through April 3, 2020. The order includes contact information for questions.
11. The 22nd JDC issued its 3rd Amendment to the Court's Order of March 13, 2020. All public access to the St. Tammany Parish Clerk of Court's office is suspended. Beginning March 20, 2020 the clerk's will be open 8;30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Monday through Friday to accept emergency filings "and any other filings which, by law, require original documents to be filed." All other filings are to be submitted electronically. The Washington Parish Clerk of Court's office will be accessible through the front entrance between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. beginning March 20, 2020. Questions should be directed to the St. Tammany Parish Clerk's Office by telephone at (985) 809-8700 and the Washington Parish Clerk's Office by telephone at (985) 839-4663.
12. The 15th JDC issued its Second Supplemental Emergency Order on 3/19/20. All trials between March 30 and April 9 are continued EXCEPT the interdiction pending before Judge Broussard in Vermilion Parish on March 30, 2020. All courthouses in Acadia, Lafayette and Vermilion Parishes will remain open between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. with restricted access. See the 15th JDC order dated 3/19/20 for details on restrictions and other matters. CONTACT email addresses and telephone numbers for Judges and Commissioner Frederick are included in the Order.
13. The Louisiana Supreme Court issued an Order on 3/20/20 providing that all filings due between March 12, 2020 and April 13, 2020 "shall be considered timely if filed no later than Tuesday, April 14, 2020. Parties who are unable to meet this deadline due to the COVID-19 emergency may submit motions for extension of time, supported by appropriate documentation and argument."
14. The Louisiana Supreme Court issued an Order for the state courts on 3/20/2020 continuing all civil trials and criminal jury trials scheduled on or before April 13, 2020, to be reset no earlier than April 14, 2020. Exceptions provided in paragraph 2 include: "civil protective orders, child in need of care proceedings, emergency child custody matters, proceedings for children removed from their home by emergency court order, proceedings related to emergency interdictions and mental health orders, matters of public health related to this crisis and other emergency matters necessary to protect the health, safety and liberty of individuals as determined by each court. "
15. The Winnsboro/Ward 7 City Court issued an order suspending certain operations until 4/20/2020.
UPDATES - 03/21/2020:
1. Today I added screenshots from the clerk of court websites regarding schedules and operational procedures.
2. I also created a list of clerks' offices with links to their websites where available.
UPDATES - 03/22/2020:
1. As highlighted at the top, Governor Edwards today issued a Stay at Home Order. It's not quite as strict as it sounds - more like a strong suggestion. The order is now part of the document collection.
2. I've cleaned up the attached file, cutting the size from 56MB down to 16.5MB. It will load much faster than it did Friday afternoon.
3. Following up on the discussion of scams in the last Newsflash, I am going to start a second COVID blog post covering security issues that are coming up in the brave new world of remote working. I'll have that up this evening with some risks to look out for. For starters, watch out for an email allegedly from the World Health Organization ("WHO") purporting to provide COVID-19 related information. Assume that the WHO is not gong to be sending emails to your personal email account. Also, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER open a file attached to an email with the ".exe" file type unless you know who sent it to you, why they sent it and you already knew they were sending you such a file. That is an executable file, which means it can/will automatically run (i.e. "execute") a program on your computer when you click on it. If it came from an evildoer - if you'll pardon me using a Bushism - the program it runs will install code on your computer to send data (login credentials, account numbers, etc.) to the sender. Assume the sender is not in a country where he/she can be held accountable.
4. The La. First Circuit Court of Appeal issued an Order closing the court until 4/13/2020.
UPDATES - 03/23/2020:
1. The USDC-EDLA today issued new instructions on filing sealed documents. Until May 1, 2020, the clerk "will not accept sealed documents on paper for filing."
2. On Sunday the Lake Charles City Court announced it will remain closed through at least March 27, 2020.
3. Jefferson Parish First Parish Court will close today at 4:30 p.m. and remain closed until April 13, 2020 at 8:30 a.m.
4. The 26th JDC (Bossier and Webster) issued an Order continuing a variety of matters requiring in-court appearances. The Order "does not affect the ability to consider civil or criminal matters that can be resolved without a hearing." NOTE: the court is NOT closed. The clerk and judges' offices will be open between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. "for the purpose of receiving emergency filings relating to" matters described in paragraph 6 of the Order.
5. The 27th JDC (St. Landry) issued an Order relating to handling of domestic and support matters.
6. Jefferson Parish Second Parish Court will close "effective March 24, 2020 and remain closed until April 13, 2020."
7. The Louisiana Supreme Court issued further Orders to all state courts implementing Governor Edwards' March 22, 2020 "stay at home" Order by directing limits on court access, physical contact and general operations.
8. The 6th JDC. (East Carroll, Madison and Tensas Parishes) issued an Order limiting court operations to between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. from March 23, 2020 through April 12, 2020. The court will hear emergency and time sensitive matters only during this time.
9. The 33rd JDC (Allen Parish) issued an order modifying its schedule consistent with the La. SC 3/20/2020 Order.
10. The 10th JDC (Natchitoches Parish) issued and order providing for judicial office hours from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday during which times a judge will be present for time sensitive criminal, domestic/child protection and civil matters. The clerk's office will be open the same hours. This schedule will remain in effect through April 10, 2020.
11. The 24th JDC (Jefferson Parish) issued Order 2020-004 closing the courthouse to the public until April 13, 2020. The clerk's office will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for emergency filings by appointment.
12. The 40th JDC (St. John Parish) Ordered that the court and clerk's office will be open 8:30a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday through. Friday effective March 24, 2020 until further notice. The court "will continue to hear emergency and/or time sensitive matters in criminal and civil cases as determined by each judicial division."
UPDATES - 03/23/2020:
1. The 4th JDC (morehouse and Ouachita Parishes) today issued COVID-19 Supplemental Order - 2 limiting duty judge consideration to emergency matters only. All other items normally presented to the duty judge are to be filed with the Clerk of Court for routing to the judge randomly assigned for that matter.
2. Yesterday, the Louisiana Second circuit Court of Appeal issued an updated Order regarding procedures for filing documents, paying fees and obtaining records effective 5:00 p.m. March 23, 2020. In particular, no in-person filing will now be accepted.
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COVID-19 Court Orders and Clerk of Court Announcements
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Posted: March 17, 2020