Louisiana Supreme Court Issues Emergency Orders Due to Hurricane Laura

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On August 28, 2020, the Louisiana Supreme Court (LASC) issued an emergency order suspending all prescriptive, peremptive, and abandonment periods statewide for a period of thirty (30) days from the declaration of a state of emergency by Governor John Bel Edwards on August 21, 2020, due to damage caused by Hurricane Laura.

“The devastation caused by Hurricane Laura is widespread. We are aware of the many hardships those affected by Hurricane Laura will be facing, including members of the legal community, whose top priorities should be personal safety and recovery efforts,” LASC Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson stated in a press release.

The LASC issued a second emergency order that stated all filings due to the Court between Monday, August 24, 2020, through Friday, August 28, 2020, shall be considered timely if filed no later than Monday, September 28, 2020. Neither of these Orders shall apply to matters arising out of the Election Code (La. R.S. 18:1 et seq.).

Parties who are unable to meet this deadline due to Hurricane Laura may submit motions for extensions of time, supported by appropriate documentation and argument. Court closure orders and information for courts statewide are updated as information or orders are received and posted on the LASC website at www.lasc.org.

Some 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.

Hurricane Laura was a Category 4 storm and the first major hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. As of September 3, 2020, the storm has killed at least 26 people in the United States and inflicted an estimated $8.7 billion in insured damage on southwestern Louisiana and southeastern Texas near the Gulf of Mexico.

The ESR News Blog has reported on court closures caused by weather incidents such as Hurricane Laura, 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.

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