Kentucky Courts to Allow Civil Jury Trials
The Kentucky Supreme Court has announced that it will begin allowing civil jury trials to resume as of May 1, 2021 on the condition that a number of safety factors are met. As many of our firm’s clients and carriers know, civil and criminal trials were postponed in March 2020 in response the the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the most recent order, trial courts can begin scheduling civil trials but must give priority to criminal trials with special priority given to those involving in-custody defendants. Given the backlog which existed before the pandemic and the strain caused by having no trials for an entire year, most civil jury trials are not expected to be set before 2022. It is expected that many pretrial proceedings may continue being held virtually with the different counties going back to in-person proceedings gradually. For more information on how COVID-19 affected civil jury trials or how our firm can assist with addressing this backlog of cases, please reach out to one of our experienced attorneys.