Hurricane Laura Causes Several Court Closures in Louisiana and Texas

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Several courthouses in Louisiana and Texas were closed due to the effects of Hurricane Laura, a large tropical storm that came ashore near the border of Louisiana and Texas early on August 27, 2020, according to a news alert from a website maintained by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts on behalf of the Federal Judiciary.

Courthouse Closures for Hurricane Laura

Published on August 26, 2020

Federal courthouses in Louisiana and Texas are closed due to the effects of Hurricane Laura.

Western District of Louisiana

  • Alexandria, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, and Shreveport: Courthouses closed on August 27, 2020.

Contact the Western District of Louisiana for more information.

Eastern District of Texas

  • Beaumont: Courthouse closed through August 28, 2020.
  • Lufkin: Courthouse closed through August 27, 2020.

Contact the Eastern District of Texas for more information.

The Louisiana Supreme Court (LASC) announced that LASC Offices and the Supreme Court Clerk of Court’s office were closed Monday, August 24, 2020, through Wednesday, August 26, 2020, due to Hurricane Laura. Court closures and information from courts in Louisiana will be posted on the LASC website at www.lasc.org.

The Texas Judicial Branch website maintains a list of current and upcoming County Court and Clerk’s Office Closures. The counties and courts listed on the web page have reported a closing or delay to the Office of Court Administration (OCA). Please contact the county and/or court directly for the most up to date information.

Hurricane Laura is the first major hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season and tied the 1856 Last Island hurricane as the strongest Atlantic hurricane to make landfall in Louisiana. As of August 26, 2020, at least 27 people have died in Hurricane Laura: 21 in Haiti, four in the Dominican Republic, and two in the United States.

In the past, the ESR News Blog has reported on court closures caused by Hurricane Michael, Hurricane Florence, California Wine County Wildfires, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Harvey, Winter Storm Stella, Winter Storm Jonas, Winter Storm Juno, Winter Storm Janus, and Super Storm Sandy. For more news about court closures, click here.

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