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Judiciary Authorizes Video/Audio Access During COVID-19 Pandemic

In order to address health and safety concerns in federal courthouses and courtrooms, the Judicial Conference of the United States has temporarily approved the use of video and teleconferencing for certain criminal proceedings and access via teleconferencing for civil proceedings during the COVID-19 national emergency.

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UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT

 

 

GENERAL ORDER 20-05

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE
EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS

GENERAL ORDER REGARDING DISTRICT COURT PROCEDURE
FOR PARTIES NOT REPRESENTED BY AN ATTORNEY

     The number of confirmed cases of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues to grow in divisional cities throughout the Eastern District of Texas. This Court remains concerned with the health and safety of litigants, counsel, staff from other agencies and court employees. Currently, all Divisions of the Court remain open for business.
     In order to allow parties who are not represented by an attorney (pro se parties) to minimize travel and avoid contact with other persons, effective Wednesday, March 25, 2020, and until further order of the Court, pro se parties who wish to file legal pleadings may do so via U.S. Mail, email or fax.
     Filing by U.S. Mail. Pro se parties are encouraged to mail signed legal pleadings to the Court. A list of Divisional office mailing addresses may be found on the Court’s website, located at www.txed.uscourts.gov.
     Filing by Email. Pro se parties may email, in PDF format, signed legal pleadings to the Court at the following email address: prose@txed.uscourts.gov.
     Filing by Fax. Pro se parties may fax signed legal pleadings to any of the Divisional Offices. Fax numbers can be found on the Court’s website, located at www.txed.uscourts.gov.
     It is not necessary to mail the original paper to the Court after it is emailed or faxed. It is, however, important for pro se parties to retain the original signed copy of the paper and present it to the Court upon request.
     The Clerk’s Office will acknowledge receipt of legal pleadings filed while this general order
is in effect.
     Filing fees shall be in the form of a money order or cashier’s check made payable to Clerk,
U.S. District Court and mailed to the Court. A list of Divisional office mailing addresses may be
found on the Court’s website, located at www.txed.uscourts.gov.
     Unless extended, this Order will remain in effect through May 1, 2020, and will
expire on May 2, 2020, without further order or action.

FOR THE COURT:

So ORDERED and SIGNED this 25th day of March, 2020.

For the signed PDF copy, please click the following link: General Order 20-05.

 

 

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS

DIVISIONAL STANDING ORDER

REGARDING PLANO COURTHOUSE CLOSURE UNTIL APRIL 2, 2020

     This Divisional Standing Order responds to recent information that an individual with a
presumptive positive diagnosis for the COVID-19 coronavirus visited the Plano Courthouse on
Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at approximately 10:00 a.m. As a precautionary measure, and to
protect the health and safety of court employees, parties having business with the court, and the
public, the Plano Courthouse for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of
Texas - located at 7940 Preston Road in Plano, Texas, is hereby ORDERED CLOSED
effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020, through Wednesday, April 1, 2020.
     All civil and criminal matters scheduled for an in-Court appearance before any district or
magistrate judge in the Plano Courthouse, including any associated deadlines, are CONTINUED
until further notification.
     The United States District Clerk s Office and the Courthouse in Sherman, Texas, remain
open, in addition to the Clerk’s Offices and Courthouses in Beaumont, Lufkin, Marshall,
Texarkana and Tyler, Texas, all subject to the limitations described in the Court’s General
Orders 20-03 and 20-04. Electronic filing in the CM/ECF system remains available.
     Plano Courthouse staff will practice self-isolation for the next 14 days and telework.
Plano Courthouse visitors who were present at the Courthouse at 10:00 a.m. or thereafter on
March 18, 2020, are recommended to practice self-isolation, monitor for symptoms and seek
medical attention as a precaution, as directed by their healthcare provider.

FOR THE COURT:
SO ORDERED and SIGNED this 18th day of March, 2020.

For the signed PDF copy, please click the following link: Divisional Standing Order.

 

 

 




 

GENERAL ORDER 20-03


IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS


COURT OPERATIONS UNDER EXIGENT CIRCUMSTANCES
CREATED BY THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

 

     This General Order is in response to the recent outbreak of a novel coronavirus in the
United States and the State of Texas. The World Health Organization has declared the disease it
causes, “coronavirus disease 2019” (COVID-19), a global pandemic, having spread across more
than 120 countries with a rising toll of thousands of confirmed cases. The United States District
Court for the Eastern District of Texas (EDTX) is closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19,
in conjunction with the developing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC). The CDC has described the outbreak in the United States as a "rapidly evolving situation"
and is providing continuously updated guidance as to the appropriate community response to
COVID-19 as conditions worsen. The CDC's guidance includes multiple types of mitigation
strategies generally aimed at reducing or avoiding exposure to infected individuals.
     As of the date of this Order, there have been several confirmed cases of COVID-19 within
the Eastern District of Texas. The CDC and other public health entities have recommended social
distancing to limit further community spread of COVID-19. The Court is concerned with the
health and safety of the public, Court employees, staff of other entities with whom Court personnel
interact, litigants, counsel, interpreters, law enforcement officials, and jurors, who must work in
close quarters to hear evidence and to deliberate.
     Therefore, given the severity of risk to the persons by the spread of COVID-19 in EDTX,
and taking into consideration matters of public health, while reducing the size of public gatherings
and the need for travel, the Court orders as follows:

     1. All jury trials (criminal and civil) scheduled to begin on any date from this date
through May 1, 2020, are continued, to a date to be reset by each presiding judge. Those
continuances do not continue any pending deadlines other than the trial dates. Attorneys should
contact the presiding judges in their impacted cases if they seek to modify such other deadlines.

     2. Due to the Court's reduced ability to obtain an adequate spectrum of jurors and due
to the reduced availability of attorneys and Court staff to be present in courtrooms because of the
public health considerations described above, the time period of the continuances implemented by
this Order are excluded under the Speedy Trial Act, 18 U.S.C § 316(h)(7)(A). The Court finds that
the ends of justice served by ordering these continuances outweigh the best interests of the public
and each defendant's right to a speedy trial. In fact, the best interests of the public are served by
these continuances.     

     3. The currently scheduled session of the EDTX Grand Jury to be held in Tyler, Texas
on Wednesday, March 18th, 2020, shall proceed as scheduled and shall conclude prior to the end
of Thursday, March 19th, 2020. All other grand jury proceedings within EDTX through May 1,
2020, are continued. All related deadlines are suspended and tolled for all purposes, including the
statute of limitations, from this date through May 1, 2020.

     4. Individual judges may continue to hold bench trials, in-person hearings, sentencing
proceedings, scheduling conferences and other court proceedings as they deem appropriate,
on a case by case basis. Counsel may seek relief from those matters by appropriate motions. The
use of telephonic or video proceedings are welcomed where such are deemed appropriate by the
presiding judge. This Order does not impact any court's continuing discretion to consider and
decide particular matters on the papers alone. This order is intended to afford each presiding
judge with maximum discretion to handle their respective dockets (aside from jury trials
addressed above) as they deem best considering the totality of the circumstances. Individual
corporate and law firm policies on travel and related matters may be raised by counsel via
motion practice, but such shall not be binding or controlling on the Court in any respect.

     5. Magistrate Judges will continue to preside over criminal matters, such initial
appearances, arraignments, detention hearings and the issuance of warrants.

     6. Any events involving the court that are not case-specific, including, but not limited
to, continuing legal education courses, public tours, administration of oaths to attorneys, and
naturalization ceremonies conducted by the Court which are scheduled to occur between this date
and May 1, 2020, are hereby canceled, to be subsequently rescheduled as appropriate.

     7. All courthouses in the Eastern District of Texas, including the Clerk's Offices,
Bankruptcy Court and Clerk’s Offices, and Probation Offices, will remain open for business. No
courthouse facility will be closed without a subsequent specific order issued by the Chief Judge of
EDTX. Notwithstanding such, certain court employees, including some of chambers staff, may be
teleworking between this date and May1, 2020, but any employees teleworking will be accessible
by phone or email. Electronic filings shall continue to be made through the CM/ECF system.

     8. Any delivery directed to chambers shall be delivered instead to the Clerk's Offices
in each courthouse.

     9. Unless extended, this Order will remain in effect through May 1, 2020, and will
expire on May 2, 2020, without further order or action.

     10. Judges, unit executives, and supervisors should demonstrate flexibility in balancing
the staffing needs of the court and court units with the individual needs of our employees; this to
be done without forgetting our continuing constitutional mandate to carry on, as practical and
prudent, the work of the court and the pursuit of justice.

For the signed PDF copy, please click the following link: General Order 20-03.









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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit




USDC Western District of New York

03/14/2020 11:35 AM EDT
Saturday, March 14, 2020

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York has issued a General Order regarding Court Operations during the COVID-19 Pandemic Event. Please read the full order here.

 

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Based on declared public health emergencies impacting Washington, D.C. and the National Capital Region and ongoing efforts to mitigate community transmission and the impact of COVID-19, the Federal Circuit will be restricting public access to the National Courts Building complex, effective March 16, 2020, noon (Eastern).  These measures will help promote the safety and health of both court staff and members of the public conducting court business. 

Both the full advisory and the administrative order are available on the court’s website




Public Advisory Concerning the Federal Circuit’s April 2020 Sitting (March 12, 2020)

As part of the Federal Circuit’s response to public health guidance to minimize the risk of community transmission of COVID-19 in the United States, the court is proceeding with arguments scheduled for the April 2020 sitting as follows. 

Some of the cases are being removed from the argument calendar and will be submitted on the briefs.  In cases remaining on the argument calendar, if counsel for either party is located outside the National Capital area, the argument will be conducted by telephonic conference at the date and time previously scheduled.  In cases scheduled for argument where counsel for both parties are local, as of now, the court plans to proceed with in-person argument as previously scheduled.  Parties in all cases will be notified individually as to how we plan to proceed in their case. 

According to established practice, the court will release same-day audio for all arguments on its website (available at http://www.cafc.uscourts.gov/oral-argument-recordings).  The court will continue to provide updated information to litigants and the public as the situation develops.





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03/13/2020 08:35 PM EDT

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7 New USCA5 Opinions - 3/12/2020 6:12 PM

We have released the following published opinions:
Case No. Case Title File Name
19-40253 Iscavo Avocados USA, L.L.C., et al v. Coram Deo Fa 19-40253-CV0.pdf
19-60340 USA v. Corey Smith 19-60340 -CR0.pdf
17-70012 Steven Nelson v. Lorie Davis, Director 17-70012-CV0.pdf
19-50618 Marco Salinas v. R.A. Rogers, Incorporated 19-50618-CV0.pdf


We have also released the following unpublished opinions:
Case No. Case Title File Name
18-30422 Joanna Lester v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. 18-30422.0.pdf
19-40689 USA v. Edwin Mejia-Sibrian 19-40689.0.pdf
19-50555 Mark Bradford v. Nationwide Ins Co. of Amer, et al 19-50555.0.pdf



 

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

01/02/2020 03:34 PM EST
Issued Date: 01-02-2020
Case#: 19-11017
Docket#: 3:16-cv-01077-MMH-PDB
Type: NEW

 



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Public Advisory - January 3, 2020 Oral Argument in No. 19-5331, Committee on the Judiciary v. McGahn, and No. 19-5288, In re: Application of the Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives, for an Order Authorizing the Release of Certain Grand Jury Materials

9 New USCA5 Opinions - 12/30/2019 6:12 PM


We have released the following published opinions:
Case No. Case Title File Name
19-10011 State of Texas, et al v. USA, et al 19-10011-CV0.pdf
18-31019 P H I, Incorporated v. Apical Industries, Inc. 18-31019-CV0.pdf
19-40071 Psara Energy, Limited v. Space Shipping, Limited, 19-40071-CV0.pdf
18-31160 Southern Credentialing Support v. Hammond Surgical 18-31160.CV0.pdf


We have also released the following unpublished opinions:
Case No. Case Title File Name
18-60584 Linyi Zheng v. William Barr, U. S. Atty Gen 18-60584.0.pdf
18-20704 Joshua Parrish v. Lorie Davis, Director, et al 18-20704.0.pdf
19-60265 Stephen Smith, et al v. Mid-South Maintenance, Inc 19-60256.0.pdf
19-10720 DynaColor, Inc. v. Razberi Technologies, Inc. 19-10720.0.pdf
19-50191 USA v. Darrell Love 19-50191.o.pdf
19-10061 USA v. Freddie Salgado 19-10061.0.pdf
19-30155 USA v. Joseph Rivers 19-30155.0.pdf

We have released the following published opinions:
Case No. Case Title File Name
17-60212 Miguel Chavez-Mercado v. William Barr, U. S. Atty 17-60212-CV0.pdf
18-50551 Nina Flecha v. Medicredit, Incorporated, et al 18-50551-CV0.pdf
17-60452 USA v. Leonard Griffin 17-60452-CV0.pdf


We have also released the following unpublished opinions:
Case No. Case Title File Name
19-20340 USA v. Jagdishkumar Chaudhari 19-20340.0.pdf
19-10472 USA v. Jason Scott 19-10472.0.pdf
19-30322 Julian Okeayainneh v. DOJ, et al 19-30322.0.pdf
17-30975 Marice Nalls v. Darrel Vannoy, Warden 17-30975.0.pdf
18-11488 Ronald King v. Eric Wilson 18-11488.0.pdf
18-60818 Smit Patel v. William Barr, U. S. Atty Gen 18-60810.0.pdf
19-60068 Efrain Ronquillo-Herrera v. William Barr, U. S. At 19-60068.0.pdf
19-10606 USA v. Webster Johnson 19-10606.0.pdf



We have released the following published opinions:
Case No. Case Title File Name
18-60700 Charles Bolton, et al v. Christopher Freeze 18-60700-CV0.pdf
18-60701 Charles Bolton, et al v. Jerome McDuffie 18-60701-CV0.pdf


We have also released the following unpublished opinions:
Case No. Case Title File Name
18-60785 Elsy Garcia-Ventura v. William Barr, U. S. Atty Ge 18-60785.0.pdf
19-40368 USA v. Agustin Martinez-Lopez 19-40368.0.pdf
19-20234 Francisco Gonzalez v. Fluor Corporation 19-20234.0.pdf
19-60186 USA v. Lorenzo Hickman 19-60186.0.pdf
19-60110 Julio Brunet v. USA 19-60110.0.pdf
19-20013 Rickie Thompson v. Sharma Sharad, et al 19-20013.0.pdf
18-60604 Mikailu Jalloh v. William Barr, U. S. Atty Gen 18-60604.0.pdf

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana

3:17-cr-00014-1 USA v. Gardner
01/01/2020 11:54 AM EST

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