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State Supreme Court extends delay for all civil and criminal trials in Louisiana

Posted at 5:44 PM, Apr 06, 2020

The Louisiana Supreme Court has further delayed almost all trials, hearings and court appearances in any state court until at least May 4.

The court issued two new orders on Monday that advises lower courts how to proceed with hearings and trials regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

The first order repeals and replaces the March 16, March 20 and March 23 orders issued by the supreme court.

According to that order, all jury trials, both civil and criminal, scheduled to commence in any Louisiana state court between April 6 and May 1, are continued to a date to be reset by local order no earlier than May 4. The order also states that courts may only conduct in-person proceedings to address emergency matters that cannot be resolved virtually until at least May 4.

The second order amends a March 20 Louisiana Supreme Court Order regarding filing deadlines with the state’s high court, and states, “All filings which were or are due to this Court between Thursday, March 12, 2020 through Friday, May 1, 2020 shall be considered timely if filed no later than Monday, May 4, 2020. Parties who are unable to meet this deadline due to the COVID-19 emergency may submit motions for extensions of time, supported by appropriate documentation and argument.”

Here's the court's press release, because it's a little easier to understand. The orders are below it.

Here is the first order.

Here is the second order.