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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Response to COVID-19

In light of the recent determination by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Commonwealth of Kentucky that fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, the Court has entered General Order 21-11 which revises previously adopted safety protocols for those entering Western District Courthouses and Courtrooms.

Clerk’s Hours of Operation

The Clerk’s office will be open to walk-in customers from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., local time, each day. 

Courthouse Access

Public Entry Hours.  All courthouses within the Western District will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. local time.

Face Coverings.  Only those individuals who have not been “fully vaccinated,” as that term is defined by the CDC, shall be required to wear face covering in order to enter a courthouse. Nothing in this Order shall be deemed to prevent any individual from wearing a face covering, regardless of their vaccination status.

Entry Restrictions. The following individuals shall not enter the Courthouses:

i.  Individuals who have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

ii. Individuals who have been asked to self-quarantine by any doctor,hospital, or health agency.

Email Filing Available for Self-Represented Litigants

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 www.kywd.uscourts.gov.  Forms are also available on this site. Self-represented litigants may also eligible to register to receive notification by email when documents are filed in their case.

Payments

Payments to the Court can continue to be made via mail, phone or online at tinyurl.com/kywdpayment.

ECF Registration

ECF Registration forms may be emailed to cja@kywd.uscourts.gov

Pro Hac Motions

Motions for pro hac vice admission that the filer is unable to file electronically can be either mailed or deposited in one of the drop boxes outside the Courthouses.  ECF Registration Form may be emailed to cja@kywd.uscourts.gov prior to the motion being granted. 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 KYWDml_Intake_sealed@kywd.uscourts.gov

Please contact the U.S. District Court Clerk’s office at (502) 625-3500 with any questions.

GENERAL ORDERS

General Order 21-11 Re: Tenth Supplemental Order Concerning Court Operations Related To COVID-19

General Order 21-09 Re: Fourt Extension of the Authorization to Use Video and Telephone Conferencing for Criminal Proceedings Pursuant to the CARES Act

General Order 21-04 Re: Eight Supplemental Order Concerning Court Operations Related to COVID-19

General Order 21-03 Re: Seventh Supplemental Order Concerning Court Operations Related To COVID-19

General Order 20-28 Re: Third Extension of Authorization to Use Video and Telephone and Telephonic Conferencing For Criminal Proceedings Pursuant to the Cares Act.

General Order 20-25 Re: Sixth Supplemental Order Concerning Court Operations Related To COVID-19

General Order 20-23 Re: Fifth Supplemental Order Concerning Court Operations Related To COVID-19

General Order 20-21 Re: Fourth Supplemental Order Concerning Court Operations Related To COVID-19 (Naturalization Ceremonies)

General Order 20-20 Re: Second Extention Of Authorization To Use Video And Telephone Conferencing For Criminal Proceedings Pursuant To The Cares Act

General Order 20-15 Re: Extension of Grand Jury Panels' Terms of Service

General Order 20-14 Re: Public Availability of Transcripts For Certain Criminal Case Proceedings

General Order 20-13 Re: Extension of Authorization to Use Video and Telephone and Telephonic Conferencing For Criminal Proceedings Pursuant to the Cares Act.

General Order 20-12 Re: Third Supplemental Order Concerning Court Operations Related To COVID-19 (Misdemeanor, Traffic, and Petty Offence Dockets)

General Order 20-11  Re: Second Supplemental Order Concerning Court Operatiions Relagted To COVID-19

General Order 20-10  Re: Extending Certain Statutory Deadlines for Administrative and Civil Judicial Asset Forfeiture Proceedings and Actions 5/4/20

General Order 20-09 Re: Supplemental General Order Concerning Court Operations Related to COVID-19, 4/17/20

General Order 20-08 Re: Court Operations Related to COVID-19, 4/1/20

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

Draft Transcripts of Recent Case Proceedings

Pursuant to General Order 20-14, the Clerk of the Court will post draft transcripts of all felony change of plea and sentencing proceedings that occur by remote means.