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Orleans Parish Criminal District Court reopens Tuesday

The announcement comes after many trials were put on hold Monday
Published: Jun. 13, 2022 at 7:53 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 14, 2022 at 12:41 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The Orleans Parish Criminal Court reopened on Tuesday (June 14) after the sheriff’s unprecedented decision to pull deputies from courthouse security detail, according to an official statement.

A statement issued Monday night from the court said Orleans Parish Sheriff Susan Hutson will provide partial staffing of deputies at the courthouse Tuesday so that trials can start or resume.

Some judges will continue to hold some hearings virtually but deputies will be back in the courtrooms.

Hutson and judges held a Zoom meeting Monday night (June 13), after her surprising Sunday night decision to pull deputies from court to provide extra staffing at the jail, where two inmates died under her watch over the weekend. One man, identified as Phillip Soublet Jr., died from injuries sustained in a jailhouse brawl and a second inmate jumped from a balcony to his death.

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The move paralyzed the criminal justice system in the city for 24 hours, forcing trials to be postponed and hearings to go virtually, if possible.

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