Baton Rouge federal courthouse moves operations online amid COVID-19 surge

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The federal courthouse in Baton Rouge moves operations online as COVID-19 surges.

In a statement from the courthouse, the decision to move operations online comes after several courthouse personnel tested positive for COVID-19 “in virtually every Court Unit.”

Remote operations will be in place until Aug. 16.

Read the full statement:

As a result of numerous confirmed positive cases of the COVID-19 virus among key operational personnel in virtually every Court Unit, we cannot responsibly conduct in-court proceedings during the current surge in cases in the Court and in our communities. All Court activities have been moved to remote operations under our Continuity of Operations Plan until no earlier than Monday, August 16th.  Filings in non-sealed matters which are required to be filed in-person will be permitted via a drop-box set up in the lobby of the Clerk of Court’s Office or via U.S. Mail. CM/ECF will continue to be available 24 x 7 for all filings not required to be submitted in-person.  All public events scheduled in the courthouse during this period are hereby canceled. Please contact the chambers of any judge with whom you have meetings or hearings scheduled during this period to determine how such business will be conducted or rescheduled.  Remote operations will be in effect until further Order of the Court. 

United States District Court, Middle District of Louisiana

Read the courthouse’s guidelines about access to virtual hearings by clicking here.

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