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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Response to COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Court has entered General Order 2020-02 and General Order 2020-03, suspending certain Court activities.  The Court has also entered General Order 2020-04 authorizing self-represented parties to file documents via email, so long as such filings comply with the specific requirements outlined in the Order. The Court has additionally entered General Order 2020-05 authorizing the use of video and telephone conferencing for certain criminal proceedings

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, effective March 30, 2020, and until further notice, the Clerk’s Office will be closed to all walk-in customers.  All courthouses within the Western District will remain open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. local time.  The Clerk’s Office will otherwise remain in business Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Telephones will continue to be answered, mail will be processed, and all filings will continue to be handed as usual during this time.

Self-represented litigants may file documents by mail, in the drop boxes located outside the Courthouses, or via email as set forth in General Order 20-04 which is located on the Court’s website at  Forms are also available on this site.

Payments to the Court can continue to be made via mail, phone or online at

ECF Registration forms may be emailed to

Motions for pro hac vice admission that the filer is unable to file electronically and may now be emailed to Such motions may also continue to be submitted via regular mail.  
Civil actions that are sought to be filed under seal (e.g., complaints filed pursuant to the False Claims Act) may be submitted by email to

Below is information applicable to operations in the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky.  Please contact the U.S. District Court Clerk’s office at (502) 625-3500 with any questions.



General Order 20-05 Re: Criminal proceedings by Audio and video, 3/30/20

General Order 20-04 Re:  Filing by Pro Se Litigants, 3/25/20

General Order 20-03 Re:  Court Operations Related to COVID-19, 3/20/20

General Order 20-02 Re:  Court Operations Related to COVID-19, 3/13/20



Frequently Asked Questions, 3/25/20