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Response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Last Update: January 12, 2021 11:00 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 closed to the general public until further notice. Email updates from the court are also available via GovDelivery.


If your filing is not an emergency, please mail filing to:
United States Bankruptcy Clerks Office
Middle District of Louisiana
707 Florida Street, Room 119
Baton Rouge, LA 70801

You may also email your filing to:
If your filing requires a fee, please include the amount required in the form of Money Order or Cashier’s Check made payable to: U.S. Bankruptcy Court. This office does not accept personal checks from debtors.

The list of fees can be found at the following site:

If you have a hearing scheduled, please contact chambers as soon as possible at (225) 346-3335.
Additional information may be found at

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.

Related links:
Local Form 2a - Temporary Declaration Regarding Electronic Filing (pdf)
Guidelines for Participating in Zoom Video Conferences (Hearings)

Case Information:
For questions regarding your existing case, please contact the case administrator assigned to your case based on your case number:
Cases ending with 7, 8, 9: Chasity Lucas - 225-346-3310
Cases ending with 1, 2, 3: Jennifer Poche - 225-346-3309
Cases ending with 4, 5, 6: Regina Callihan - 225-346-3313
Cases ending with 0: Andrea Erckert - 225-346-3301

Pro se Filers (ONLY):
Filing Instructions for those NOT represented by an Attorney.

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.

Additional Information: