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Louisiana Supreme Court orders in-person proceedings can now resume

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Posted at 4:57 PM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 17:57:00-04

The Louisiana Supreme Court issued two new orders on Friday regarding statewide court operations and the extension of filing deadlines.

The first order keeps in place the court's previous order that no civil or criminal jury trial shall commence in any Louisiana state court before June 30.

In addition, in-person proceedings can now resume on all matters. This does not extend to any matters suspended by executive action by Gov. John Bel Edwards, including but not limited to evictions.

Courts must continue to take measures to limit access to courtrooms and other spaces and limit in-person capacity to 25% of the total capacity, including employees and members of the public. All matters should continue to be conducted through video and telephone whenever possible.

The court also ordered that the time periods of hearing continuances made under Speedy Trial Computations shall be excluded pursuant to the law.

The court's second order extends filing deadlines.

All filings which were due between Thursday, March 12, and Friday, June 5, will be considered timely if filed no later than Monday, June 8. Those who are unable to meet this deadline may submit motions for extensions of time.

You can read the full release on both orders below. The full orders can be found at www.lasc.org/COVID19.

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