Courts to Remain Closed Except for Special Matters At least Until April 24th

Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. announced the new rules on Friday.   The Chief Justice noted the ongoing effort by public health officials encouraging all persons to practice social distancing and the closing of non-essential businesses as a reason to extend the Court’s previous Order.

The Order adds temporary child support and in-custody juvenile detention hearings to the list of “emergency or time-sensitive matters;” clarifies that judges must use telephonic or video technology to conduct all hearings, unless the parties are unable to participate remotely; and limits all in-person courtroom attendance to 10 people.

Persons wanting more information can find ongoing court updates on the state’s COVID-19 website, and the Court’s website at  

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