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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Response to COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in a continuing effort to balance the various interests implicated by the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Court has entered General Order 20-11 to allow for the resumption of certain court operations and in-court proceedings in addition to continuing certain deadlines. See Chief Judge Greg N. Stivers’ June 12, 2020 Memo to the Bar In Re: Important Courthouse and Courtroom Entry Requirements, Hearing Protocols, and General Health and Safety Measures

Courthouse Access and Clerk’s Hours of Operation

The Clerk’s office will be open to walk-in customers from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., local time, each day. 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 handled as usual during this time. June 15, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. local time until 2:00 p.m.

Courthouse Access

All courthouses within the Western District remain open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. local time. Effective June 15, 2020, the courthouses shall be open to the public from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. local time.  The following restrictions will apply to those seeking entry:

    Face Coverings. All persons over two years of age seeking entry to the any of the Courthouses within the Western District shall wear a face covering or mask at all times within all public areas of the Courthouses. The mask must completely conceal the wearer’s nose and mouth at all times.
    Hand Sanitizer. All persons over two years of age will be required to apply hand sanitizer immediately before entry.
    Entry Restrictions. The following individuals shall not enter the Courthouses:
             Persons not wearing a mask or face covering;
             Persons who have been diagnosed with or have had contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 within 14 days prior to their visit.
             Persons who have been asked to self-quarantine by any doctor, hospital, or health agency within 14 days prior to their visit.
             Persons with fever, cough, or shortness of breath.

    Screening Questions. All members of the public seeking entry to a Courthouse will be required to answer questions related to the entry restrictions at section 15(d). All such persons must provide their name and telephone number or other contact information.

Access to Court Proceedings

Effective June 15, certain in-court criminal proceedings shall resume.  All in-person proceedings will be open to the public, however, the court security officers shall ensure that no more than 30% of each courtroom’s public seating is occupied during any proceeding. All persons must use hand sanitizer from the provided station immediately before entering the courtroom and shall maintain social distancing. All persons present during court proceedings shall wear a face covering. The presiding judge shall have the discretion to make exceptions for criminal defendants, witnesses, and other individuals. 

  Petty Offense Docket

Pursuant to General Order 20-12 , the Court’s misdemeanor, traffic, and petty offense dockets may resume at the direction of the presiding Magistrate Judge effective July 8, 2020. Hearing dates for the cases schedule on such dockets shall be set without the need to file any motions with the Court.  

        Notice to Public Access Terminal Users

The public access terminals in the Clerk’s office are temporarily closed to the public.  If you need assistance accessing court documents and are not  able, or cannot afford, to use PACER.gov, please call 502-625-3500 for assistance.

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

       Sealed Civil Actions

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

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 ORDERS

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.