Kentucky’s state court system largely will shut down for the next month to avoid spreading the novel coronavirus among crowds at courthouses, according to an emergency order released Thursday night by Chief Justice John Minton Jr.
The move — unprecedented in modern history — takes effect Monday and lasts through April 10.
All trials, hearings and motions will be postponed for future dates, Minton said in his order, in which the rest of the Kentucky Supreme Court concurred. Reasonable attempts will be made to reschedule criminal trials as soon as possible given defendants’ constitutional right to a speedy trial. For more on this story, please go to Kentucky.com.