You are here

COVID-19 Response - Information and Orders

Effective September 8, 2021, all persons entering U.S. Courthouses in this District, except for criminal defendants, sitting and prospective Grand and Petit Jurors, and lay witnesses in criminal cases, must be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus unless granted a medical or religious exemption.  On an interim basis, persons seeking to enter a Courthouse who are unvaccinated, or who are not fully vaccinated, may provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test administered no more than 72 hours prior to seeking entry.  Please review this memorandum for more information about the Court's vaccine policy.  

On March 1, 2021, the Court entered into Phase Three of its Recovery Plan.  On June 23, 2021, the Court issued Amended Standing Order 2021-07, amending its Recovery Plan to relax some mitigative measures in light of improving virus metrics, increasing vaccination rates, and the lifting of statewide and local restrictions.  

The Clerk's Office front counters are open to the public.  All persons seeking to enter must wear a face covering or mask.  Self-represented litigants may deposit and date-stamp papers in drop boxes at the entrance to each Courthouse between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Please be advised that the Clerk's Office no longer accepts cash payments as of October 22, 2020.

A complete list of all COVID-19 related orders currently in effect is found below.  This page will be updated as additional changes are made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.