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If you did not pay the readmission fee within 60 days after your renewal date, your e-filing privileges will have been locked out. Once you pay the fee, the system will update your e-filing status that night, and you will be able to e-file the next day. Please DO NOT wait until you have a deadline to pay the readmission fee.
Contact information changes must be made via www.pacer.gov. PACER will then electronically transmit the updates to all NextGen CM/ECF courts in which the attorney is authorized to e-file. NOTE: The attorney's PACER account and CM/ECF account must be linked in order for the updates to transmit.
Only attorneys admitted to practice in the Western District of Louisiana or appearing provisionally (such as an attorney appearing pro hac vice, or representing the United States) will be authorized to electronically file documents in this court.
If you had e-filing access prior to November 4, 2019:
You must link your PACER account with your CM/ECF account.
- Log into CM/ECF with your individual upgraded PACER account credentials.
- Click the link and enter your CM/ECF login credentials in order to link them to your PACER account. Call our Help Desk at 1-866-323-1101 if you do not remember your CM/ECF credentials.
- You are now able to e-file.
If you did not have e-filing access prior to November 4, 2019:
You must log in with your upgraded PACER account and submit a new e-file request for the court.
- Log in to Manage My Account.
- Click the Maintenance tab.
- Click Attorney Admissions/E-File Registration and follow the prompts.
You will then need to wait for the court to process the request before e-filing privileges are activated. You will receive an automated email once your request has been processed.
To learn more about submitting a new e-file request, review the electronic learning module for the Manage My Account Maintenance tab in PACER.
I am an attorney and my address or contact information has changed. How do I update this information with the Court?
Address or contact information changes must be made via www.pacer.gov. Once your information has been updated at PACER, the changes will be transmitted to all NextGen courts to which you are admitted. NOTE: The attorney's PACER account and CM/ECF account must be linked in order for the updates to transmit.
Becoming admitted to practice in this district is now an online process. Please see out Admission Applications page for instructions on how to apply.
Any member in good standing of the bar of the Supreme Court of Louisiana is eligible for admission to the bar of this court.
May I take the oath of admissions for the bar of the U. S. District Court before an out-of-state federal judge?
No, the Western District of Louisiana has not authorized this practice as it is not necessary. No appearance is necessary or required for admission to this court.
How can I obtain a duplicate Attorney Admission Certificate or Certificate of Good Standing from the court?
Yes. Effective November 1, 2020, the court began charging a triennial fee of $45.00. This fee is applicable to all admitted attorneys (excluding government, public defenders, and pro hac vice) who have been admitted for at least three years. The renewal fee will be charged every three years from the date of admission.
All correspondence and pleadings sent to the court must contain the bar roll number. This number is to be placed by your name in the signature block.
The names of attorneys listed on an initial pleading filed on behalf of a party are placed on the docket sheet. Pursuant to LR83.2.12, where counsel has appeared for any party, other counsel my appear for the same party only:
- Upon motion of counsel of record for that party, or motion consented to by him/her;
- Upon motion, after counsel for the party has been permitted to withdraw or has died, or is incapacitated, or cannot be found; or
- Upon motion of a party after notice to counsel of record and a hearing thereon.
Pursuant to LR 83.2.11, the original counsel of record shall be held to represent the party for whom he or she appears unless the court permits him or her to withdraw from the case. He or she may obtain permission only upon joint motion to substitute counsel or upon a written motion served on opposing counsel and the client before the court acts. If other counsel is not thereby substituted, the motion to withdraw shall contain the present address of the client and the client’s telephone number if the client can be reached by telephone. The motion shall be accompanied by a certificate of service, including a statement that the client has been notified of all deadlines and pending court appearances, on both the client by certified mail and opposing counsel, or an affidavit stating why service has not been made.