New Orleans DA extends public office closure through at least July 31
May 13, 2020
For Immediate Release

Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information

UPDATE: On June 26, the public health emergency closure of the DA’s office was extended through July 31.

 

District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro on Wednesday (May 13) extended his office’s public closure through at least June 26.

The previously announced shutdown in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency was set to expire this weekend. But a budget shortfall derived from the coronavirus pandemic forced the office last week to furlough 42 percent of its non-attorney staff through at least the end of July. In addition, Phase One re-opening guidelines issued this week by Gov. John Bel Edwards and New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell do not provide for expansion of the few essential services to which the office currently is limited with its diminished workforce.

Following the guidance of city and state leaders, court officials and public health experts, the OPDA office has been closed to the public since the end of business on March 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, including bond settings, arraignments and the entering of pleas as scheduled by the court.

A duty ADA (assistant district attorney) 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.

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