What is Marsy’s Law?

There are two proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot this November in Kentucky. Proposed constitutional amendment no. 1, also known as Marsy's Law, would, if enacted, make sweeping changes to Kentucky criminal procedure regarding a victim's participation in the accused's criminal proceedin...

Kentucky Broadens Expungement Even Further

In April 2020, the Kentucky General Assembly passed House Bill 327 to make it easier for defendants to expunge acquitted conduct. The bill amends KRS 431.076 to provide that any Court entering an order of acquittal or dismissing any charges with prejudice after on or after July 15, 2020 (the Act's e...

Kentucky Supreme Court Enters New COVID-19 Order

On July 27, 2020, the Kentucky Supreme Court entered another order seeking to ensure the public's access to the courts while trying to maintain appropriate safety measures during the COVID-19 pandemic. It sets requirements for petit and grand juries, as well as criminal show cause dockets. Notably,...

COVID-19 UPDATE: Governor Beshear Signs Executive Order Mandating Face Masks

On July 9th, Governor Andy Beshear entered an executive order requiring Kentuckians to wear face coverings when they are in situations presenting a high risk of transmitting COVID-19. Specifically, the order applies to situations where it is difficult to maintain six feet of physical distance betwee...

Kentucky Legislature Increases Surviving Spouse/Child Probate Exemption

By Donald M. Wakefield During the 2020 Regular Session, the Kentucky General Assembly passed House Bill 307, which was signed into law on March 17, 2020 and will take effect on July 15, 2020.  HB 307 expands the surviving spouse’s exemption from $15,000 to $30,000.  If a decedent has no...