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Fifth Circuit appeals court will temporarily hear cases from third circuit appeals court after Hurricane Laura

Posted at 6:53 PM, Sep 11, 2020

NEW ORLEANS, La. — The Louisiana Supreme Court has ordered that it will temporarily transfer emergency matters to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal in New Orleans from the Third Circuit Court of Appeal in Lake Charles after Southwest Louisiana was impacted by Hurricane Laura.

According to a release, Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson announced the order on Friday in consideration of the state of emergency declared statewide by Gov. John Bel Edwards on Aug. 21 ahead of Hurricane Laura.

The storm caused catastrophic damage across the state, including to the Court of Appeal, Third Circuit, incapacitating its operations.

All such writ filings must utilize the Court of Appeal, Fifth Circuit Writ Application Intake Form for expedited consideration, the release states.

The full order from the supreme court can be read here.

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