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Kentucky Court of Appeals


A Message from the Court of Appeals Clerk on COVID-19

Greetings from the Clerk’s Office of the Kentucky Court of Appeals. Our office wishes safety and good health for our fellow residents of the commonwealth of Kentucky and across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Supreme Court of Kentucky has acted to limit the spread of the virus by restricting in-person interaction in court operations statewide, including at the Court of Appeals. The following is what you need to know about Court of Appeals operations for the next few weeks:

• Per Supreme Court Administrative Order 2020-28, the Clerk’s Office of the Kentucky Court of Appeals is not open for in-person services until further notice and no visitors will be allowed into the building at this time. We are still accepting documents via mail or other parcel carrier; however, any documents hand-delivered to the Clerk’s Office must be placed in the drop box. Any items deposited in the drop box will be processed according to regular Court of Appeals procedures and appropriate notices will be sent to confirm receipt.

• No oral arguments will be held before the Court of Appeals in April or May. Oral arguments previously scheduled for those months were canceled and may be rescheduled at the discretion of the court at the appropriate time.

• Deadlines for filings with the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court between March 16, 2020, and May 1, 2020, were extended by 30 days without the need for motions for extension or enlargement of time, per Supreme Court Administrative Order 2020-17.

Deadlines between May 1, 2020, and May 31, 2020, for specific filings were extended 30 days by Supreme Court Administrative Order 2020-29.

• The Clerk’s Office reduced the number of onsite employees in accordance with Supreme Court Administrative Order 2020-18 and Supreme Court Administrative Order 2020-23. Our ability to process court filings and case materials may be less efficient than usual. We are taking steps to ensure minimal delays in all areas of our operations.

• Any request for special accommodations during this time should be directed to the Clerk’s Office by calling 502-573-7920 prior to visiting the office. We are exploring numerous ways to enhance our ability to receive and process filings and will consider requests whenever possible based on available resources.

We are making every effort to continue normal operations and our staff is working diligently to ensure access to justice. While our operational capacity is reduced during this crisis, our commitment to the citizens of the commonwealth will not be diminished. Your understanding and patience are appreciated as we work to meet the challenges of this situation.