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Louisiana Supreme Court extends courthouse closure

January 12, 2022 GMT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — With the number of COVID-19 cases rising daily in Louisiana, the state Supreme Court building will remain off limits to the public, the court said Wednesday in a news release.

A December closure order was to expire this month, but the court now says the courthouse will remain closed until further notice because of the increase in cases driven by the omicron variant. The statement said court filings will be accepted at the main entrance, although electronic filing is encouraged.

Oral arguments set for Jan. 24-26 will go on, with only the justices and attorneys in attendance. The proceedings will be livestreamed for the public.

Livestreamed arguments can be viewed at https://livestream.lasc.org.