Kansas Supreme Court Administrative Order 2020-PR-054, filed May 27, 2020, permits jury trials to proceed if a jury trial is required to preserve a person’s constitutional right to a speedy trial and the court has developed a detailed plan for jury operations. The Supreme Court has appointed an Ad Hoc Jury Task Force to examine safe use of juries during pandemics. Judge Steven Ebberts from the 3rd Judicial District is a member of the Task Force and he also chairs our local committee on Jury Trials. The Supreme Court Task Force report is not due until mid-July. Given the Supreme Court requirements in Administrative Order 2020-PR-054 and the necessary lead time for sending summons, it is unlikely that jury trials will resume until August 31st or after.
NOTICE TO ALL ATTORNEYS PRACTICING IN THE THIRD JUDICIAL DISTRICT (PDF)