News as it Develops
Supreme Court Orders
07/27 Kentucky Supreme Court provides new guidance on staffing, access to court facilities, jury trials, evictions
05/15 Supreme Court Order 20-29 Health and Safety Requirements for the Expansion of Court Operations
05/05 Update from Chief Justice Minton: Reopening Task Force will prepare courts to resume limited in-person services
04/24 Amended Supreme Court Order 20-22 additional guidance on handling court matters during pandemic
03/26 Supreme Court issues new amendments to order limiting in-person court proceedings, extends restrictions to April 24
Court Orders and Information
05/28 Western District 20-11
This link has the list of judges in Jefferson Circuit. Click on the judges link at the top, you can go to the judges page. Underneath their picture they all have their court procedures for how things are running.
05/27 Woodford, Scott, and Bourbon Counties District, Circuit, and Family Court Orders
Legal services are excluded, but the Governor has directed as follows:
Professional services, such as legal services, must implement telecommuting and remote work to the fullest extent possible, and should only use in-person interaction to support Minimum Basic Operations or where telecommuting is impossible.
Covid Legislation Affecting Your Practice
03/31 Extension of SOL in Judicial Branch Budget
The Judicial Branch Budget became effective on Monday April 13.The bill includes a tolling of SOLs in effect until 30 days past the Governor's or the Chief Justice's declaring an emergency, whichever is later. Given the language that states the Chief Justice is authorized to issue a judicial emergency, it appears the Court is authorized to address statutes of limitations but it is not clear there has been a judicial emergency declared. Therefore, prudent/safe action will likely be to file all claims with a statute of limitations that is approaching. As you know the Supreme Court is handling many issues at present and likely will address this in the coming weeks.
The COVID-19 relief bill in the Kentucky Legislature included the following to help you with practicing law remotely:
11 (page 9) For the purposes of complying with any law, rule, order or other requirement relating to the receipt of testimony or signature from any party or witness, or the acknowledgement or notarization of any document, for any legal purpose, video communication is the same as being in the physical presence.
Essential Practice Tips for Your Practice During COVID
04/16 CRP Zoom Depositions
04/03 Video link: SBA Loans and the CARES Act: What you need to know now
03/27 Download the Video: COVID-19: Essentials and Best Practices for Working Remotely
03/24 Video link: Adapting Your Law Office to COVID-19 and Working Remotely
Kentucky Public Health: COVID-19