Effective January 11, 2022, public access to the Byron White United States Courthouse ("Courthouse") is limited to persons who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except as expressly set forth below for attorneys appearing for oral argument. Unvaccinated persons who wish to file documents or submit paper copies in person must use the Clerk's Office drop box located just inside the front door of the Courthouse.
Entry to the courtrooms for in-person oral arguments is restricted to only court staff and arguing attorneys who meet the following vaccination or testing requirements, as well as masking and isolation/quarantine guidance noted below. Vaccinated attorneys appearing in person for oral argument will be required to show proof of vaccination (a digital record is acceptable). Unvaccinated attorneys scheduled to present oral argument may provide proof of a negative covid test (PCR/NAAT) administered no earlier than 72 hours prior to entry to the courthouse. Both vaccinated and unvaccinated attorneys may file a motions to appear via video by the deadline set in the oral argument notice.
All persons present in areas of the Courthouse that are open to the public must wear a mask or other face covering that covers their nose and mouth at all times, except that judges hearing oral argument and arguing counsel while presenting oral argument at the lectern may remove their masks at the discretion of the presiding judge. In addition to vaccination and mask requirements, public access to the Courthouse—including access for arguing attorneys—is subject to compliance with CDC isolation and quarantine guidance. Please see the court's order for the specifics of this guidance. The court will continue to live stream audio of oral arguments until further notice.
Please see the court's January 11, 2022 general order attached below for additional information.
Questions, concerns, and requests for accommodation may be addressed to the Clerk's Office (email | 303-844-3157).