Supreme Court amends court operations statewide to address escalating COVID cases
Updated: Nov 22, 2020
From the Office of Chief Justice Minton -
112 of Kentucky’s 120 counties are in the red zone for COVID cases. Positive cases among court employees are on the rise. Hospitals and health-care professionals are quickly becoming overwhelmed and the numbers are expected to continue to climb after the holidays.
To address the surging cases, the Supreme Court has amended two orders to limit in-person proceedings and restrict access to judicial facilities.
The first, Administrative Order 2020-71, replaces Administrative Order 2020-63 in its entirety. The second, Administrative Order 2020-72, replaces Administrative Order 2020-64 in its entirety. Both orders will become effective Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, and pertain to all 120 counties.
The new orders were adopted as mandates on Oct. 29, 2020, as counties began moving into the red zone.
These including the following:
Ø Limiting entrance to judicial facilities.
Ø Requiring remote hearings in all proceedings, except as specified in Administrative Order 2020-71.
Ø Postponing all jury trials until Feb. 1, 2021.
Ø Requiring grand juries to either be conducted remotely or suspended.
Ø Postponing all show cause dockets until Feb. 1, 2021.
Ø Requiring judicial sales to be conducted either remotely or outside and in accordance with CDC guidelines.