[JURIST] Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco [official website] has issued an executive order [PDF text] to delay all deadlines in court cases and other legal proceedings in the state from the date Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] hit until at least September 25. As reasons for the suspension, Blanco cited closed courthouses and attorney offices, destroyed materials, and evacuated clients. The deadline extension was requested by two attorneys' groups and the Louisiana State Bar Association [official website]. Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission also extended filing deadlines for businesses [JURIST report] affected by Hurricane Katrina. AP has more.