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2005 Press Releases

CONTACT PERSON: ROBERT GUNN
(504) 310-2588

SEPTEMBER 29, 2005

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Pascal F. Calogero, Jr. announced today that because of damage caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita to south Louisiana, the Supreme Court will remain closed through October 25, 2005, but will reopen at its French Quarter location as soon as practical. According to Chief Justice Calogero, the Courthouse at 400 Royal Street in New Orleans sustained minimal damage from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. While the courthouse, as with most French Quarter property, did not receive flood waters, the basement in the building did take on some water, and some damage was caused by a loss of power to the pumps in the basement and the rising water table beneath the building. That minor amount of water has been pumped out of the basement and some records have been removed for preservation. Cleaning and examination of mechanical and electrical equipment is being overseen by the State’s Division of Administration and should be completed in the near future. Chief Justice Calogero stated, “ Our employees will return to the courthouse and we will be open for business as soon as we have been assured that it is safe to do so. I look forward to calling Court to order once again at 400 Royal Street.”

Today’s court closure Order, regarding suspension of filings in the Louisiana Supreme Court, extends a previous Order of September 1, 2005, which had closed the Supreme Court until September 30, 2005. While the Supreme Court has suspended the usual processing of filings, as well as consideration of writ applications and entertaining oral arguments, through October 25, 2005, the Supreme Court’s Justices, Judicial Administrator, Clerk of Court, and supervisory personnel have been working since Hurricane Katrina at its temporary location at the First Circuit Court of Appeal in Baton Rouge. The Court has been handling administrative matters and offering assistance to local courts affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in their efforts to return to normal operations. Chief Justice Calogero thanked the Justices and Supreme Court personnel who have been working diligently since Hurricane Katrina, especially Justice Kitty Kimball who, at his request, has coordinated the Court’s response to the disaster and assistance to local courts.

A copy of the Court’s Order, as well as other Louisiana Supreme Court orders and information, can be found at the Supreme Court website, www.lasc.org.

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