Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts

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The Kentucky Supreme Court has issued new mandates to limit in-person proceedings and restrict access to judicial facilities as the coronavirus continues to spread in Kentucky.

Kentucky Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. said in an email to court personnel last week that court activities must be restricted to protect the public and court staff. Nearly all of Kentucky’s 120 counties are in the critical or red category, the highest level of average daily cases based on population.

The orders become effective on Nov. 30 and affect every county.

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The Louisville Metro Police Department is using a new search warrant form that provides a designated space for judges to print their name, a change that follows scrutiny of illegible signatures on its warrants.

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This report is part of a series produced by WKMS News highlighting races appearing on the 2020 general election ballot. Other parts of this series published thus far include a voter guide for state legislative races and a report on the proposed constitutional amendment for judicial reform. 

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Kentuckians are voting on a proposed change to the state constitution that would extend terms for commonwealth’s attorneys and district court judges, as well as raise the experience requirement to become a district court judge.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear is extending the period for remote drivers license renewal as the coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage the commonwealth. 

Transportation Secretary Jim Gray originally extended all drivers licenses set to expire during office closures by 90 days. With most judicial facilities open as of June 1, Beshear is allowing the 90-day extension to expire. 

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Kentucky officials say people representing themselves in small-claims cases can now avoid trips to the courthouse by filing documents electronically.