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Oral arguments cancelled and filing by mail suspended at U.S. 5th Circuit

Two days ago, oral arguments at the U.S. Fifth Circuit scheduled for April 27–30 were still a go. Today, they became a no-go with this announcement on the court’s home page:

The Court previously canceled in person oral arguments for March 30-April 2, 2020. Additionally, the Court has canceled in person oral arguments scheduled for April 27-30, 2020. When the Court determines how to proceed in these cases, the Clerk’s Office will advise counsel. 

This announcement follows an order signed yesterday by Chief Judge Owen. Besides cancelling the April 27–30 oral arguments, the order suspends the mail operations of the clerk’s office until further notice. The order gives a 30-day extension to hose affected by the suspension: pro se litigants (including prisoners) who are unable to file electronically. To download a PDF copy of the order, follow this  link.

Today’s order updates the court’s order of March 18, which remains in effect as updated today. You can download the March 18 order by following this link.


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