New Orleans DA extends public closure of office through at least May 3
April 13, 2020
For Immediate Release

Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information

District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro on Monday (April 13) extended his office’s public closure through at least May 3.

The decision follows a similar shutdown extension by Criminal District Court, as ordered last week by the Louisiana Supreme Court. The closures are in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The OPDA office has been closed to the public since the end of business on March 13. The initial shutdown order was to expire April 13.

While closed to the public, the OPDA’s office is performing essential services only. These include representing the state in limited court proceedings being held by video conference, such as first-appearance bond settings for new arrestees in magistrate court, and addressing bond reduction motions filed in other sections of court for previously arraigned defendants.

A duty ADA (assistant district attorney) also is assigned to assist the public with questions via telephone each Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Calls are answered during these hours at (504) 822-2414.

Cannizzaro’s office has worked with the courts and the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office to reduce the number of non-violent and first-time offenders being held in the parish jail during the health emergency. Since March 14, the number of inmates detained inside the Orleans Justice Center jail has been reduced 23 percent, from 1,038 to 804.