Friday, 24 April 2020

Supreme Court issues additional guidance on handling court matters during pandemic

Posted in COVID-19

The Supreme Court has issued additional guidance on handling court matters during the pandemic. Administrative Order 2020-28, dated April 24, 2020, replaces in its entirety Administrative Order 2020-22, dated April 14, 2020.

This order remains in effect through May 31, 2020, and does the following:

  • Clarifies that the suspension of evictions does not excuse an individual’s obligation to pay rent or comply with other obligations under tenancy.
  • Advises attorneys, to the extent possible, to continue to prepare and litigate cases to minimize delay upon expiration of the order.
  • Suspends grand jury proceedings through the expiration of the order.
  • Suspends the 60-day period in RCr 5.22(3) from March 16, 2020, until the expiration of the order.
  • Encourages judges to give priority in setting hearing and trial dates to cases where the defendant is in custody and proceedings have been suspended by the Supreme Court’s response to the COVID-19 emergency.

I appreciate your patience and flexibility as we continue to adapt during this state of emergency. You can email your questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and find updates at COVID-19 and the Courts.

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