Two months after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, the legal system remains a tale of two courts: Federal courts, which developed contingency plans after Sept. 11, are reopening while Louisiana state courts still struggle with disarray. For both state and federal courts, a surprise stumbling block isn't court infrastructure as much as housing and other support for staff -- something that has emerged as "a major consideration," said Chief Judge Carolyn Dineen King of the 5th Circuit.
A Tale of Disaster and Two Courts
The National Law Journal
November 8, 2005