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THE LENS: No answers yet on when New Orleans evictions may resume

Following Gov. John Bel Edwards’ announcement that the state’s stay at home order will remain effective through at least May 15, the First and Second City Courts of New Orleans on Tuesday didn’t have an answer yet for when they will reopen their doors and start processing eviction proceedings. And they wouldn’t answer questions about how they’re preparing to stay in line with new federal rules shielding many renters from evictions until August.

“We’re waiting on the Louisiana State Supreme Court,” said Walt Pierce, a spokesman for Orleans Parish Civil District Court and the two city courts. Louisiana State Supreme Court officials did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Under an order issued early this month, the eviction courts are currently scheduled to open on Monday. The courts originally planned to reopen on April 24, but that was pushed back after a new court order came down from the state Supreme Court saying that courts should only conduct emergency matters “until at least May 4.”

For full article read: https://thelensnola.org/2020/04/28/no-answers-yet-on-when-new-orleans-evictions-may-resume/

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Michael Isaac Stein

Michael Isaac Stein covers New Orleans' cultural economy and local government for The Lens. Before joining the staff, he freelanced for The Lens as well as The Intercept, CityLab, The New Republic, and Pacific Standard. He was recently awarded a fellowship from the Heinrich Boll Foundation, which he used to report on water scarcity, division, and colonialism in Cyprus.

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