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COVID-19 and the Courts

If an outbreak warrants a court closure, information will be posted on this page and on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Judicial Branch Plan

The Judicial Branch is preparing for a potential COVID-19 outbreak in Kentucky. We’re closely monitoring the situation through the Kentucky Department for Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Should the threat escalate, the state court system will follow the lead of the Kentucky Department for Public Health and the Executive and Legislative branches in determining the threshold for closures.

What If You’re Sick and Due in Court?

If you are scheduled to appear in court and are too sick to appear, what you need to do depends on whether you have an attorney or if you are representing yourself in court.

If you have an attorney. If you are too sick to attend your scheduled court date, rescheduling may be an option provided that the local health department has confirmed COVID-19 cases in your county. Please contact your attorney, who will follow the proper procedures to reschedule your court appearance.

If you’re representing yourself in court. If you are too sick to attend your scheduled court date, rescheduling may be an option provided that the local health department has confirmed COVID-19 cases in your county. Please call the Office of Circuit Court Clerk in the county in which your case is being handled to explain your situation and seek direction. You can find contact information for all 120 Offices of Circuit Court Clerk here. Please provide the clerk's office a phone number where you can be reached. The Office of Circuit Court Clerk maintains dockets for cases in Circuit Court and District Court.

Supreme Court Orders

Supreme Court Order April 1, 2020: Kentucky Court of Justice Response to COVID-19 Emergency

(Please note that Administrative Order 2020-16, dated April 1, 2020, replaces in its entirety Administrative Order 2020-13, dated March 26, 2020.)

Supreme Court Order March 31, 2020: Deadline for Reporting Continuing Legal Education Activities

Supreme Court Order March 27, 2020: Custody and Parenting Time Orders

Supreme Court Order March 19, 2020: Flexible Staffing Guidelines for Court Clerks in a Pandemic or Public Health Emergency

News Releases

Driver's Licensing

Court System Preparedness & Response

Messages from Chief Justice Minton, staffing guides and other documents

Resources

Kentucky Department for Public Health

When to Seek Care

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Outbreak

Phone: 800-722-5725

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

World Health Organization

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak