Monday, September 01, 2008

Court Closure and Deadline Extensions Due to Hurricane Gustav

The Fifth Circuit Clerk's Office posted the following notice on the court's website on Friday:
The Clerk's Office tentatively will re-open for business Thursday, September 4, 2008. Deadlines falling on or between September 1, 2008 and September 4, 2008 are automatically extended until Monday, September 8, 2008. For true emergency matters, eg. cases which require a ruling while the Clerk's office is closed, death penalty, deportation matters with imminent and confirmed deportation dates see below: Death Penalty: contact Bill Zapalac at William-underscore-Zapalac-at-ca5-dot-uscourts-dote-gov. Other: contact Tim Phares at Timothy-underscore-Phares-at-ca5-dot-uscourts-dot-gov. Court staff are instructed to check their email for updates if possible. Otherwise they should phone their manager for instructions or call the ARMA number. Updates will appear on this site as necessary.
(e-mail addresses altered to foil spambots). The court also announced an alternative website, in the event that the main website becomes unavailable:

Finally, "[t]he court's September oral argument sessions scheduled for New Orleans have been moved to cities in Texas because of Hurricane Gustav. Counsel are being notified of the changes." You can see the revised oral argument calendars here.


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