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Kentucky Court Proceedings To Be Held Remotely Through May 1

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FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Supreme Court issued a new order closing judicial facilities to in-person services and postponing eviction filings.

The changes strengthen the court’s order a couple of weeks ago and restrict dockets, jury trials and jury service during the coronavirus pandemic, the court said in a news release.

“As difficult as these restrictions may be, the Judicial Branch must do its part to practice stringent social distancing while providing essential, constitutionally mandated services,” Kentucky Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. said.

The new order says all parties to proceedings and attorneys must be allowed to participate remotely.

Judicial facilities were closed to in-person services as of Wednesday with some exceptions.

Eviction filings will not be accepted until 30 days after the order expires “pursuant to federal and state moratoriums on evictions and public health and safety concerns,” the release said.

The changes are in effect through May 1.

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