The State of Louisiana moved to dissolve a consent decree governing how justices were elected to the Louisiana Supreme Court. The consent decree, resulting from a 1986 lawsuit, has been in place since 1992. The motion was denied by a district court judge on May 24, 2022. The state filed its notice of appeal of that order on May 25, 2022. More than a year later, on October 25, 2023, a three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit affirmed the district court judge's ruling 2-1. Louisiana moved for rehearing en banc. Months of briefing followed. The Fifth Circuit granted the state's motion for rehearing en banc.


The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit - No. 22-30320