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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Court Operations

Thursday, October 1, 2020

The United States District Court for the District of Alaska will balance public health and safety with its duty to protect the litigants’ rights and carry out constitutional duties.  The Court will factor public health mandates and current conditions into its operational plans as it proceeds to restore judicial operations under the COVID-19 pandemic health conditions.  The Court will continuously monitor and reevaluate the local circumstances and consider input from advisory committee(s) in order to make adjustments appropriately as deemed necessary. 

The U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska continues to closely monitor the national, state, and local responses to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and is following guidance provided by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local health officials. Court operations within the District of Alaska are currently governed by the COVID-19 Recovering Operations Plan and the following Miscellaneous General Orders (MGO): MGO 20-11MGO 20-12, MGO 20-13, MGO 20-17, MGO 20-18MGO 20-19, MGO 20-20, MGO 20-21, MGO-22MGO-23MGO-24, MGO-26, MGO-27MGO-28, MGO-29, MGO-32MGO-34MGO-37 MGO-38MGO-39, and MGO-40.  We will continue to post updates to general court operations to this website.


Standard COVID-19 Protocol for Appearing at the Courthouse

Civil hearings are postponed until after March 1, 2021 unless otherwise scheduled by the presiding judge, and most hearings will be held telephonically.

All jury trials are postponed until after March 1, 2021. Potential jurors will be notified when to report to the courthouse.  Please review documents below regarding service during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grand Jury & Petit Jury Service During COVID-19

U.S. District Court COVID-19 Health Survey 

Filings and Payments

The Clerk’s Office windows are closed to the public. Staff are still available by phone during regular business hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Documents from pro se litigants and payments may be sent by postal mail or dropped off in drop boxes located in the United States Courthouses:

  • Anchorage: 222 W. 7th Avenue, Room 229, Anchorage, AK 99513
  • Fairbanks: 101 12th Avenue, Rm 332, Fairbanks, AK 99701
  • Juneau: 709 W. 9th Street, Rm 979, Juneau, AK 99801

The court’s electronic filing system continues to be available 24/7 and may be used by anyone who has registered with the court.

Archival records requests are suspended as the Federal Records Center is currently closed.

All non-case related events scheduled to be held prior to December 7, 2020 in the District’s courthouses are postponed pending further order of the Court.