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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.  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 48 hours prior to seeking entry if not otherwise restricted by the policy set forth in Amended Standing Order 2021-16.  

Masks are required to be worn in the Jury Assembly Rooms in each Courthouse and in all courtrooms, unless otherwise directed by the presiding judge.  Masks are optional in all other public areas of the courthouse, although strongly encouraged.  Please see Standing Order 2022-03 for more information.  

The Clerk's Office front counters are open to the public.  Self-represented litigants may forward documents to the Court for filing using the Court's Electronic Document Submission System (EDSS); there is no fee for this service. Or, 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.