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 today entered General Order 20-11 to allow for the resumption of certain court operations and in-court proceedings in addition to continuing certain deadlines. This order amends and supplements General Order 2020-02, General Order 2020-03, General Order 2020-05, General Order 2020-07, General Order 2020-08, and General Order 2020-09.
Courthouse Access and Clerk’s Hours of Operation
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Clerk’s Office is currently closed to all walk-in customers. 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. Effective June 15, 2020, the Clerk’s office will re-open to the public from 10:00 a.m. local time until 2:00 p.m. local time.
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.
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 to the Court can continue to be made via mail, phone or online at tinyurl.com/kywdpayment.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Frequently Asked Questions, 4/21/20