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Check this page, or the News and Announcements box on the homepage, for the latest official news and announcements released by the court. You can also access archived news and announcements from this page.

Wed, 03/24/2021

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress has passed legislation authorizing the use of video or telephone conferencing for certain criminal proceedings, with such legislation requiring the Chief Judge to reassess conditions every...

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Tue, 01/26/2021

On January 25, 2021, the Sixth Circuit Judicial Council approved the Western District of Kentucky’s amended CJA Plan.  The amended CJA Plan, which is...

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Fri, 01/08/2021

In response to the recent disclosure of widespread cybersecurity breaches of government computer systems, the...

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Mon, 12/28/2020

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

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Tue, 12/08/2020

The District Court for the Western District of Kentucky has today entered General Orders 20-26 and 20-27.  General Order 20-26 creates a docket for Judge Benjamin Beaton by reassigning to him the cases...

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Fri, 12/04/2020

The District Court for the Western District of Kentucky has today entered General Order 20-25, continuing all jury trials, and grand jury proceedings,  through February 26, 2021.   

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Fri, 11/20/2020

The Judicial Conference of the United States has approved inflationary adjustments to fees on the District Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule.  These changes shall become effective December 1, 2020.  A schedule of all of the Court’s fees is located...

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Mon, 05/04/2020

The Court has entered General Order 2020-10 which grants the United States’ request to extend the statutory deadlines by which the government must institute certain forfeiture proceedings for a period of 60 days. 

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Fri, 04/17/2020

The Court has today entered General Order 20-09 which supplements previously entered Orders concerning court operations related to COVID-19.   

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Wed, 04/01/2020

The  Court has entered General Order 20-07, directing the Clerk of the Court to post of all change of plea and sentencing proceedings, in addition to any other proceedings requested by the presiding judge.  These transcripts will remain...

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