Kentucky plans to reopen courts with restrictions

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — State courts in Kentucky will reopen for hearings on civil and criminal cases starting next month, according to a new order.

The proceedings will resume June 1, Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John Minton Jr. announced Friday, more than two months after state courts closed due to the virus outbreak.

Grand jury proceedings will also begin on June 1 while jury trials are still postponed until August, news outlets reported.

The courts should conduct remote hearings for cases unless the judge determines the hearings need to be held in-person, Minton said. If an in-person hearing is held, Minton said the judge needs to make sure it’s capped at 33% capacity and that virus safety measures, including social distancing and surface cleanings, are observed.

Face coverings are required for the public and employees when entering a courthouse, and those who have experienced symptoms of the new coronavirus are urged not to enter, Minton said.

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