On May 15, 2020, the Kentucky Supreme Court entered a new administrative order announcing its initial plan to begin reopening Kentucky’s courts to in-person activities. Kentucky’s state courts are currently closed to the public, and they are only hearing a limited number of emergency civil and criminal matters.
The Court’s latest order allows courts to resume hearing civil and criminal matters using telephonic and video technology. It permits in-person hearings only where the judge determines that it is required for that particular matter. If an in-person hearing must take place, the court must take certain precautions to ensure social distancing and disinfection take place, including limiting attendance to no more than 33% of the courtroom’s capacity.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Gess Mattingly & Atchison has remained open to serve its clients on a wide variety of legal issues. It will continue to do so as Kentucky’s courts slowly reopen to more activity.