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Response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Last Update: May 12, 2021 10:00 AM CDT
In response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak and in an effort to limit the spread of the virus, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Louisiana is currently enforcing the following protocol. The Federal Building located at 707 Florida Street, Baton Rouge, Louisiana which houses the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, is open to the public from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday. A limited number of visitors are allowed in the building concurrently. Visitors must wear a mask at all times and be screened prior to entry. 

Email updates from the court are also available via GovDelivery.

Pro se filers requiring accomodations due to COVID-19 should contact the Clerk's Office for assistance: 225-346-3333.

Standing Orders:

Standing Order 2020-1 has been issued suspending original signature requirements.
Standing Order 2020-2 has been issued allowing declarations under penalty of perjury in support of motions to impose and extend stay.
Standing Order 2020-3 has been issued adopting interim bankruptcy rules re: the SRBA and CARES Act.
Amended Standing Order 2020-4 has been issued establishing video conference hearings.
Standing Order 2021-2 has been issued revoking Standing Order 2020-1.

Related links:
Guidelines for Participating in Zoom Video Conferences (Hearings)

Matters Requiring a Hearing:
Until the courthouse reopens, the court will consider matters on a case-by-case basis. Uncontested matters may be granted without hearing. Counsel knowing of any opposition to a request for relief that has not been filed into the record should promptly file a motion to continue reciting the relevant facts. Matters in which a hearing is necessary, due to opposition or questions by the court, will be continued, heard telephonically, or held by video conference.

Emergency Hearings:
Please advise chambers 225-346-3335 as soon as possible if a matter requires a hearing but cannot be continued. The court will consider holding hearings telephonically in the event of exigent circumstances.

Motions to Extend or Impose Stay:
The court may issue interim orders until the courthouse has reopened and final evidentiary hearings can be scheduled.

Pretrial Conferences:
Pretrial conferences in adversary proceedings and evidentiary hearings will be held telephonically until further notice. Orders including dial-in instructions will be docketed in each case and proceeding. Parties receiving electronic notice of telephone conferences should contact pro se parties to confirm that they know that no conferences will be held in chambers until further notice.

Ex Parte Motions:
The court will continue to consider ex parte motions as they are filed in accordance with Local Rule 9013-1(c).

Public and Media Access
The public may access court proceedings telephonically through the AT&T Teleconference system. During a scheduled court proceeding:

  1. Dial 1-888-684-8852.
  2. Enter the access code 1939988 and follow the prompts.
  3. All lines are muted and will remain in listen-only mode.

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