News and Announcements2021 summary of selected bills passed during the Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature
Louisiana Supreme Court announces amendments to lawyer advertising rules
Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice John L. Weimer announced on May 6, 2021, the court’s adoption of amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct pertaining to lawyer advertising. The amendments are the result of a study and recommendations to the court by the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Rules of Professional Conduct Committee in response to Senate Concurrent Resolution 57 of the 2020 Regular Legislative Session, which requested the implementation of a lawyer advertisement review recognition program. The amended rules are scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2022. Read the court's order.
Jury moratorium to expire March 31, 2021
By Supreme Court order of February 11, 2021, the moratorium on jury trials will expire on March 31, 2021, and trial courts are free to resume jury trials on April 1, 2021. According to the order, jury trials may resume when local courts have determined that jury trials can be held in a safe environment with observance of safety protocols, including strict social distancing and mask mandates.
Louisiana Supreme Court lifts online MCLE limit for 2021.
In response to the continuing threat to public health imposed by the coronavirus, the Louisiana Supreme Court announced that for the mandatory continuing legal education compliance year 2021, the limitation on "self-study" credits (as defined in Rule 3(d) of Supreme Court Rule XXX) shall be increased to 12.5 hours annually. It also modified Rule 5(b) of Supreme Court Rule XXX to permit excess hours earned in the 2019 compliance year to be carried forward to the compliance year 2020, 2021 or 2022. Also, for the mandatory continuing legal education compliance year 2021, it increased the limitation on "self-study" credits (as defined in Rule 3(d) of Supreme Court Rule XXX) to a maximum of 18 hours for purposes of completing the certification requirements for the approved fields of law set forth in the Louisiana State Bar Association Plan of Legal Specialization.
The Louisiana Supreme Court issued an order on January 11, 2021, that suspends new jury trials until March 1, 2021. At the discretion of local courts, trials currently in progress as of January 11 may continue to conclusion.