Tuesday, 10 August 2021

New Supreme Court order encourages wearing masks in judicial buildings due to Delta variant

FRANKFORT, Ky., August 9, 2021 – Today the Supreme Court of Kentucky issued an order encouraging anyone entering a judicial center, courthouse or other judicial facility to wear a mask in light of the outbreak of the COVID-19 Delta variant in Kentucky. This order is in line with the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control.

The order also states that a chief circuit judge can mandate masks for a judicial facility.

Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Supreme Court of Kentucky lifts most COVID-19 restrictions for state court system

FRANKFORT, Ky., May 18, 2021 – Chief Justice Minton announced today that the state court system is ending most COVID-19 related restrictions. The news comes in the wake of the Centers for Disease Control’s latest guidance for fully vaccinated individuals.

“After the most challenging year in the history of the modern court system, I am pleased to announce that the Supreme Court has lifted most of the COVID-19 restrictions for employees, elected officials and those entering court facilities across the commonwealth,” Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. announced today in an internal communication to justices, judges, circuit court clerks and court personnel. “I am grateful to all of you for the perseverance and commitment to safety that allows us to begin transitioning back to normal operations for the Kentucky Court of Justice.”

Thursday, 25 February 2021

Supreme Court issues orders allowing courts to begin easing COVID-19 restrictions

Kentucky’s vaccine distribution schedule moves to Phase 1C on March 1

As Kentucky begins to see its COVID-19 cases decline and its rate of vaccinations increase, the Supreme Court has amended two orders to allow courts to begin easing restrictions on in-person access. Administrative Order 2021-06 replaces Administrative Order 2021-01 in its entirety and Administrative Order 2021-07 replaces Administrative Order 2021-02 in its entirety. Both orders are effective April 1, 2021.

Wednesday, 06 January 2021

Kentucky Court of Justice Response To COVID-19 Emergency – Health and Safety Requirements

In addition to those rights provided by the U.S. Constitution, Section 14 of the Kentucky Constitution guarantees the citizens of this Commonwealth that “[a]ll courts shall be open, and every person for an injury done him in his lands, goods, person or reputation, shall have remedy by due course of law, and right and justice administered without sale, denial or delay.”

Sunday, 22 November 2020

Supreme Court amends court operations statewide to address escalating COVID cases

As I drove to work yesterday, I heard the news that 250,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, a catastrophe of historic proportions for our country. And closer to home, 112 of Kentucky’s 120 counties are in the red zone for COVID cases. Positive cases among court employees are on the rise. Our hospitals and health-care professionals are quickly becoming overwhelmed and the numbers are expected to continue to climb after the holidays.

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