Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell alters office operations in response to COVID-19 coronavirus

March 13, 2020

The Kentucky Supreme Court has issued an order that our Commonwealth’s court system will limit its operations starting Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 10 April 24. This reduction in court activities is absolutely the right decision to handle only the most emergency matters at this time as we respond to the Coronavirus/COVID-19. Our collective public health is now everyone’s top priority.  Without public health, our society’s ability to ensure proper public safety is also reduced.

 

That’s why my office took immediate steps starting in late February to provide additional cleaning and hygiene supplies to better protect our employees and the public. We continue to take steps related to our office operations to protect our staff and citizens, which includes the development of an emergency paid sick leave policy for employees and the following operating plan:

 

In our Criminal Division, our prosecutors will continue to represent the Commonwealth in these emergency matters on the reduced court schedule.  Next week we will determine the specific needs in our Criminal Division to staff the reduced court dockets and to comply with the goal of reducing individuals in the courthouse. Our Domestic Violence Intake Center will remain open for victims and the public.

 

Our Civil Division represents Louisville Metro Government and other clients.  We have encouraged our Civil Division staff members to work from home during this period.  Because Louisville Metro Government will have continuing operations, our Civil Division staff will continue to serve. From March 16 – April 24, the civil offices are closed to the public, except for the Delinquent Tax Division. The Delinquent Tax Division will be open to the public on a limited schedule from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. each business day. Tax payments owed to the Jefferson County Attorney's Office and other correspondence can be mailed to the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office at 531 Court Place, Suite 900, Louisville, Kentucky  40202. Please correspond via mail with the available deposit envelopes.  If assistance is needed from the Delinquent Tax Division and cannot be conducted via mail the Delinquent Tax Division window will remain open please call the Tax Division at 502-574-6331 and leave a message. Your call will be returned as soon as possible. No one will be removed from the payment plan during the state of emergency called by Governor Beshear.

 

Our Child Support Division remains open at this time but with minumum staffing until at least March 27 April 10At this time, payments can still be made at the pay window at the Child Support office at 315 W Muhammad Ali Blvd, Louisville, KY 40202.  Payments can also be made at the drop box at 315 W Muhammad Ali, Louisville, KY 40202, online, by mail to the Child Support Enforcement Office in Frankfort, or by phone to the Child Support Hotline at (800) 248-1163 during regular business hours. To better protect the public and our employees from the potential spread of the coronavirus, clients will not be seen in person at our Child Support offices during this March 16 to April 10 period. 

 

Again, starting Monday, March 16 through at least April 24, court operations in Jefferson County and throughout the state will be significantly limited. With the exception of emergency matters and hearings statutorily required to be held, all other matters are being delayed, per the Supreme Court’s order. This is for the benefit of all of our collective health. For the latest information on the Coronavirus in Kentucky and Louisville, please visit the state's official website at kycovid19.ky.gov and Louisville Metro’s dedicated page at louisvilleky.gov/covid19.

-Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell

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UPDATE: March 17, 2020

Following new guidance from Governor Andy Beshear, we have cancelled all in-person non-emergency services to the public until further notice. This includes our Delinquent Tax window, the Child Support pay window and in-person payments of restitution.

UPDATE: March 25, 2020

In accordance with Executive Order 2020-257 Section 7, dated March 25, 2020, we are making additional changes to our Tax Division. Please see the dedicated Tax Division page for the latest updates. This includes guidance after The Department of Revenue has moved back the collection process for real estate and personal property taxes 30 days due to COVID-19.