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COURT ISSUES NEW ORDERS IN LIGHT OF COVID-19 CRISIS

June 5, 2020
By orders dated May 15 and June 5, 2020, the Court repeated its prohibition against holding civil or criminal jury trials through June 30, 2020. It lifted the prohibition on conducting in-person proceedings in general. Evictions remain excluded. It indicated that courts should continue to practice social distancing and limit in-person capacity to 50% of the total capacity of the building, as determined by the State Fire Marshal. Matters should be conducted with the use of video and telephone conferencing whenever possible. Continuances necessitated by the crisis remain excluded from speedy trial computations. The Court also extended its filing deadlines until June 16, 2020.

ALLOWABLE ON-LINE MCLE HOURS INCREASED TO 12.5 FOR 2020

April 28, 2020
The Court has increased mandatory continuing legal education (MCLE) self-study credits allowed for the year 2020 from 4 hours to 12.5 hours. Self-study credits are defined in Rule 3(d) of Supreme Court Rule XXX as "participation in technological transmissions, including live or prerecorded audio and/or audiovisual presentations and activities or other appropriate technology as approved by the MCLE Committee."

COURT EXTENDS PROHIBITION AGAINST JURY TRIALS

April 22, 2020
The Louisiana Supreme Court has extended its prohibition against holding civil or criminal jury trials through June 30, 2020.

SCOTUS strikes down Louisiana's non-unanimous jury verdict system for serious offenses

April 20, 2020
Ramos v LA: #SCOTUS reverses Louisiana conviction based on 10-2 verdict & holds that #6thAmendment right to a jury trial requires unanimous jury verdict to convict a defendant of a serious offense #LAlaw #criminallaw https://bit.ly/3eCJb9W

Louisiana Supreme Court's Orders in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

April 7, 2020
Link to the Court's Orders: LASC ORDERS

Governor's April 2, 2020 proclamation 41 JBE 2020

April 2, 2020
Link to the extended order: 41JBE2020

Krystil Borrouso Lawton, Editor


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