Court News
10-03-2022 70th Annual Red Mass is Observed
As is the tradition to mark the opening of the judicial year, Louisiana judges gathered this morning for the 70th annual Red Mass at St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square. Red Mass is held annually on the first Monday in October. Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond was the Celebrant and the Most Reverend Bishop Robert W. Marshall, Jr., the thirteenth Bishop of the Diocese of Alexandria, was the Homilist. Judges, lawyers, officials of all faiths, and the public were invited to attend the Mass.
09-29-2022 Louisiana Supreme Court Issues Order Allowing Limited Practice of Law for Attorney Spouses of U.S. Uniformed Service Members
The Louisiana Supreme Court adopted a new rule that allows military spouse attorneys who reside with their service members in the state to apply for a limited license to practice law. The new rule went into effect September 23, 2022.
09-28-2022 Louisiana Supreme Court Announces Amendments to Filing Rules
09-26-2022 Judicial Council Meeting 10-04-2022
09-23-2022 30th JDC Court Closure
09-22-2022 Louisiana Supreme Court Hosts Constitution Day 2022 Observance
Retired Orleans Parish JuvenIn honor of Constitution Day 2022, Chief Justice John L. Weimer hosted 70 students and teachers from Thibodaux, South Lafourche, Central Lafourche, and E.D. White High Schools at the Chief Justice Pascal F. Calogero, Jr. Courthouse on September 20, 2022 at 400 Royal Street in New Orleans.
09-21-2022 The Louisiana Supreme Court Technology Commission Announces Improvements In State Court Technology
The Louisiana Supreme Court Technology Commission, which was established by Supreme Court Order September 10, 2020, today announced a number of technological improvements in Louisiana courts advanced over the past two years.
09-19-2022 Retired Orleans Parish Juvenile Court Judge Ernestine Gray Named Chair of the American Bar Association Judicial Division
Retired Orleans Parish Juvenile Court Judge Ernestine Gray was recently named chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Judicial Division. Members of the Judicial Division include judges, lawyers, tribal members, court administrators, academics, and students interested in the courts and the justice system.
09-16-2022 Louisiana Judges are Honored by the American Judges Association
Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal Judge Edwin Lombard, Orleans Civil District Court Judge Kern A. Reese, and Shreveport City Court Judge Sheva M. Sims were recently honored at the 2022 American Judges Association (AJA) Annual Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
09-15-2022 Louisiana Supreme Court Celebrates Constitution Day 2022
Constitution Day 2022 is Saturday, September 17. On Friday, September 16, 2022, in observance of this day the Louisiana Supreme Court will give free pocket-sized copies of the U.S. Constitution to visitors of the Chief Justice Pascal F. Calogero, Jr. Courthouse located at 400 Royal Street. This marks the first time since COVID-19 protocols halted in-person visits to this majestic building that the court will welcome guests in celebration of this annual occasion. All are encouraged to pick up a copy and visit the exhibits in the Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson Supreme Court Museum and the Law Library of Louisiana.
08-12-2022 Docket for August 16, 2022
08-12-2022 New Orleans First City Court Senior Judge Veronica Henry Invited to Participate in Eviction Reform Summit by the White House
New Orleans First City Court Senior Judge Veronica Henry was among a select group of individuals invited by the White House to give a presentation during a summit titled, “Building on Emergency Rental Assistance to Ensure Long-Term Eviction Reform” on Tuesday, August 2, 2022. Senior Judge Henry spoke specifically about First City Court’s Eviction Diversion Program.
08-09-2022 Jennings City Court Closure
08-08-2022 Louisiana Supreme Court Announces Amendment to Rule on Applications Seeking Priority Review
The Louisiana Supreme Court announced an amendment to its rule on applications seeking priority review to require that such applications be filed as soon as possible after the court of appeal’s disposition and in no event more than ten days after the mailing of notice of judgment by the court of appeal. The Order, signed July 26, 2022, amends Louisiana Supreme Court Rule X, Section 5(a), and is effective September 1, 2022.
08-08-2022 Public Statement on Professor Frank Maraist
The Justices of the Louisiana Supreme Court and Governors of the Louisiana Judicial College mourn the passing of Louisiana State University Law Professor Emeritus Frank L. Maraist, who served as Executive Director of the Louisiana Judicial College from 1985-1994.
07-28-2022 New Orleans Municipal and Traffic Court Closure
07-20-2022 Louisiana Supreme Court Justices Participate in LSBA Pro Bono Ceremony and Encourage Judges’ Assistance in “20 Hours in 2022” Initiative
Recipients of the 2022 Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) Pro Bono Publico and Children's Law Awards were honored recently in a special ceremony at the Louisiana Supreme Court. In a show of support, appreciation, and respect, all seven Louisiana Supreme Court Justices participated in the ceremony, which recognized outstanding individuals and organizations who have given their time and talent to ensuring access to justice for citizens of Louisiana, regardless of their ability to pay. The Justices, who hold in high regard the pro bono work of the award recipients, have also encouraged state judges to assist attorneys who seek to provide 20 hours of pro bono service in 2022, a current initiative of the LSBA.
07-12-2022 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Court Orders, Information, and Resources 
07-12-2022 COVID 19 LA Court News and Information
07-06-2022 2022-CD-01028 Action
07-01-2022 The Louisiana Supreme Court e-filing system will be unavailable on Monday, July 4, 2022 from 1:00 am – 6:00 pm for scheduled maintenance.
The Louisiana Supreme Court e-filing system will be unavailable on Monday, July 4, 2022 from 1:00 am – 6:00 pm for scheduled maintenance. Attorneys seeking to file priority writs can send to TMcCarthy@lasc.org.
06-24-2022 Court Cost Guidelines and Form
06-24-2022 Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Scott J. Crichton Recognized with the Judge Benjamin Jones Judges in the Classroom Award
Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Scott J. Crichton was named the recipient of the Judge Benjamin Jones Judges in the Classroom Award by the Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education on Friday, June 10, 2022 at the General Assembly of the Louisiana State Bar Association Annual Meeting.
06-13-2022 Criminal Court Building Closure
06-01-2022 Louisiana Supreme Court Announces New Operating Hours for Courthouse and Clerk of Court's Office
Beginning July 1, 2022, the Chief Justice Pascal F. Calogero, Jr. Courthouse, located at 400 Royal Street in New Orleans, and the Louisiana Supreme Court Clerk of Court’s Office will be open to the public 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. These updated courthouse hours are a change from the previous operating hours of 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
06-01-2022 31st Judicial District Court Closure
05-31-2022 Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Joins Judges of the 40th Judicial District Court and 5th Circuit Court of Appeal for Law Day 2022 Program
Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice John L. Weimer joined judges of the 40th Judicial District Court and the 5th Circuit Court of Appeal for a Law Day 2022 event with students from throughout the St. John the Baptist School District on May 6, 2022 at the courthouse in Edgard.
05-19-2022 Law Library of Louisiana Staff Members Are Recently Elected as Key Officers of the American Association of Law Libraries
Two staff members of the Law Library of Louisiana were recently elected as officers of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL). Law Library Director Miriam D. Childs was elected AALL treasurer, and Law Library Head of Public Services Sara V. Pic was elected AALL secretary/treasurer of the Government Law Libraries Special Interest Section.
05-10-2022 Louisiana Supreme Court Holds Official Investiture Ceremony For Clerk of Court Veronica Odinet Koclanes
The Louisiana Supreme Court held the official investiture ceremony for Clerk of Court Veronica Odinet Koclanes on Monday, May 9, 2022, at an evening ceremony in the Supreme Court courtroom at the Chief Justice Pascal F. Calogero, Jr. Courthouse. Surrounded by her husband and children, with her parents, close family, and friends in attendance, Koclanes was sworn in by Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice John L. Weimer, after an introduction by Justice Jay B. McCallum.
05-02-2022 30th Judicial District Court Closure Order
04-28-2022 Louisiana Supreme Court Issues Law Day 2022 Resolution
The Louisiana Supreme Court has issued a Resolution commemorating Law Day 2022, in recognition of the 64th annual celebration of Law Day. The Resolution reads in part “all judges have a unique ability to educate young people about our legal system and respect for the law.” It encourages Louisiana state court judges to dedicate the month of May to spending time either visiting with students in schools or in their courtrooms teaching students about the legal system, utilizing the Law Day 2022 theme: Toward a More Perfect Union: The Constitution in Times of Change.
04-27-2022 Louisiana Supreme Court Appoints Attorney Donald W. Weir, Jr. as Judge Pro Tempore of First Judicial District Court
The Louisiana Supreme Court has unanimously appointed Shreveport attorney/mediator Donald W. Weir, Jr., as Judge pro tempore of First Judicial District Court, to fill the vacancy created by the election of Caddo Judge Craig Marcotte to the Second Circuit Court of Appeal. The appointment of attorney Weir as Judge pro tempore is for the period of May 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022, or until the vacancy is filled, whichever occurs sooner. This pro tempore assignment will be to the family division on the First JDC.
04-22-2022 February 2022 Bar Exam Results
04-21-2022 Retired Orleans Parish Juvenile Court Judge Ernestine S. Gray the First Louisiana Recipient Honored with the ABA Mark Hardin Award
Prior to recent oral arguments held at the Louisiana Supreme Court, retired Orleans Parish Juvenile Court Judge Ernestine S. Gray was presented the prestigious American Bar Association’s Mark Hardin Award for Child Welfare Legal Scholarship and Systems Change for her service in improving the welfare of children through legal representation and advocacy. Judge Gray is the first Louisiana recipient to receive the award.
04-12-2022 15th Judicial District Court Closure
04-06-2022 Shreveport City Court Closure
04-05-2022 Supreme Court Approval and Adoption of Spring 2022 District Court Rule Amendments; Effective Date of New Amendments: March 31, 2022
03-30-2022 Hazardous Weather Court Closures 3/30/22
03-22-2022 Hazardous Weather Court Closures 3/22/22
03-15-2022 2022 State of the Judiciary Address
03-14-2022 The Justices of the Louisiana Supreme Court will Appear at the Louisiana State Legislature where Chief Justice John L. Weimer will Deliver the State of the Judiciary Address
On Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at 3 p.m. the Justices of the Louisiana Supreme Court will attend a joint session of the Louisiana State Legislature. Chief Justice John L. Weimer will deliver the State of the Judiciary address in the chambers of the House of Representatives.
03-10-2022 2021 Louisiana Supreme Court Annual Report
02-25-2022 29th JDC Closure Order
02-24-2022 REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS 2022-02
The Supreme Court of Louisiana invites qualified insurers to submit proposals for providing comprehensive dental insurance to employees of the Court. Sealed proposals will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. (CST) on Tuesday, March 22, 2022.
02-22-2022 New Orleans Municipal and Traffic Court Closure Order
02-14-2022 The Louisiana Supreme Court Observes Black History Month with Educational Initiatives
The Louisiana Supreme Court Justices and staff and Law Library of Louisiana will once again host special activities in observance of Black History Month. These educational outreach initiatives highlight the contributions of prominent African Americans to the field of law and recount these accomplishments through interaction with local school students and special informational publications and displays.
02-14-2022 1st Circuit Court of Appeal Closure
02-09-2022 REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS 2022-01
The Supreme Court of Louisiana, Office of the Judicial Administrator invites qualified Court and Community Liaison in Louisiana to submit proposals to serve as an independent training consultant to the Louisiana Protective Order Registry. Sealed proposals will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. (CST) on Wednesday, March 9, 2022.
02-08-2022 Winter Weather Closure Orders
02-04-2022 Proposed Amendments to District Court Rules - Spring 2022
01-25-2022 Act 116 of 2021
01-20-2022 Winter Weather Closure Orders
01-14-2022 2022-O-0055 Order
01-12-2022 The Louisiana Supreme Court Announces Extension of Building Closure to Public Traffic; January Oral Arguments will be Live with Counsel Only
The Louisiana Supreme Court announced that until further notice, the Chief Justice Pascal F. Calogero, Jr. Courthouse will remain closed to the public. This closure extension is due to the spread of COVID-19 and the rising number of cases in Louisiana, and in consideration of public health recommendations to reduce the risk of exposure.
01-12-2022 LASC COVID19 News and Information
01-05-2022 Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal Chief Judge James F. McKay III Announces His Retirement
Chief Judge James F. McKay III has announced his retirement from the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal, effective January 3, 2022. With the retirement of Chief Judge McKay, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal Judge Terri Fleming Love becomes the Chief Judge of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal.
01-05-2022 Judge Terri Fleming Love to Serve as Chief Judge of Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal
Judge Terri Fleming Love has become Chief Judge of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal following the retirement of former Chief Judge James F. McKay III. Chief Judge Love officially became Chief Judge January 4, 2022.
01-01-2022 Louisiana Supreme Court Bids Farewell to Long-Time Clerk of Court John Tarlton Olivier
Louisiana Supreme Court Clerk of Court John Tarlton Olivier, who in early 2021 announced his retirement, exited the magnificent Chief Justice Pascal F. Calogero, Jr. Courthouse at 400 Royal Street for the last time as Clerk of Court on December 31, 2021. He served the Louisiana Supreme Court for 36 years, including 25 years and 9 months as Clerk of Court. Olivier has the distinction of being the longest serving Clerk of Court in the history of the Louisiana Supreme Court.