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eNews - January 2020

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Juvenile Court Rules of Procedure and Practice Amended
The Supreme Court of Kentucky has issued an Order amending the Juvenile Court Rules of Procedure and Practice (JCRPP).

Order 2019-15 Amending the Juvenile Court Rules of Procedure and Practice (JCRPP) will become effective February 1, 2020.

To view a copy of this Order, click here.
Family Court Rules of Procedure and Practice Amended
The Supreme Court of Kentucky has issued an Order amending the Family Court Rules of Procedure and Practice (FCRPP).

Order 2020-01 Amending the Family Court Rules of Procedure and Practice (JCRPP) will become effective February 1, 2020.

To view a copy of this Order, click here.
KBA Image for Section Logo and Theme Selected for the 2020 Kentucky Bar Association Annual Convention, June 24-26
The Kentucky Bar Association’s Annual Convention Planning Committee is pleased to announce the theme of the 2020 KBA’s Annual Convention, “Educate and Elevate.” The logo for the event is also being debuted in this edition of eNews. Mark your calendars now for the KBA’s 2020 Annual Convention scheduled for Wednesday through Friday, June 24-26, at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in downtown Covington. The 2020 Annual Convention Planning Committee is co-chaired by Loren Van Dyke Wolff and David E. Davidson, with David V. Kramer and Claire E. Parsons serving as CLE Program co-chairs. Details on featured speakers and annual events will be made available soon!
2020 KBA Annual Convention Logo - Educate and Elevate
In an effort to improve court data, the Supreme Court has approved the use of a civil cover sheet effective January 1, 2020. The cover sheet expands the number of case types tracked by the Administrative Office of the Courts. It also allows the AOC to accurately track the number of cases involving self-represented litigants. This information will guide future decisions regarding the allocation of resources, provide judges with additional information regarding new cases, and improve reporting of court statistics.

Attorneys will be encouraged to use the cover sheet for all conventionally and electronically filed civil complaints in 2020. Use of the cover sheet will become mandatory in 2021. Roll-out of the civil cover sheet to circuit clerk’s offices will begin over the next few weeks.

The civil cover sheet was one of several initiatives adopted by the Supreme Court based on the recommendation of the Civil Justice Reform Commission. The Commission is chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Lisabeth Hughes and includes judges from all four levels of the court system, legislators from the House and Senate, attorneys from the plaintiff’s and defense bars, a circuit clerk and support staff from the Administrative Office of the Courts.
KYLAPImage for Section KYLAP announces new
Bowling Green recovery meetings
KYLAP is pleased to announce a new lawyers in recovery meeting that began on January 2, 2020, in Bowling Green, Ky. Meetings will be held on the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at 941 Lehman Avenue, Suite 201, Bowling Green, Kentucky, 42101 and are modeled on 12-step recovery meetings. They're open to any Kentucky law student, lawyer, or judge. For additional information please call KYLAP at (502) 226-9373 or email us at KYLAP will continue to hold our lawyers in recovery meetings in Louisville, Lexington, and Newport, Ky.
Supreme Court launches Kentucky’s first court to meet
needs of business community
Supreme Court of Kentucky justices joined Jefferson County judges and several members of the Business Court Docket Advisory Committee at a news conference in Louisville in mid-December to formally announce the start of Kentucky’s first Business Court Docket.

Jefferson County began a pilot project on January 1st with Circuit Judges Angela McCormick Bisig and Charles L. Cunningham serving as the inaugural Business Court Docket judges. The docket will provide specialized attention for complex commercial cases, improve court efficiency for all litigants and create a more attractive forum for doing business.

Business Court LogoThe Business Court Docket is an early success of the Supreme Court’s civil justice reform initiative, which is headed by Deputy Chief Justice Lisabeth T. Hughes, who serves the 4th Supreme Court District. The committee developed eligibility criteria for the Business Court Docket and drafted a set of rules to guide everything from the assignment and transfer of cases to case management. The Supreme Court adopted the rules of practice in November 2019.

Members can find Chief Justice Minton’s remarks here and information about the new Jefferson County Business Court Docket, including the rules of practice, Supreme Court order and legal forms, can be found here.
Section News Image for Section CLE Opportunities & Events

Elder Law Section Quarterly Meeting, February 12 - More Info

Save the date! Issues for Corporate House Counsel CLE Seminar, Louisville, April 16 - Stayed tuned for more information regarding speakers, topics, and CLE accreditation.
CLE Image for Section New Lawyer Program Scheduled for February 6-7, 2020
Registration is now open for the February 2020 New Lawyer Program. The program is scheduled for February 6-7, 2020, at the Lexington Convention Center in downtown Lexington. Register now!
KBF Logo Application Available for
Kentucky Bar Foundation 2020 Grants
The mission of the Kentucky Bar Foundation (KBF) is to further the public’s understanding of the judicial system and the legal profession through programs and philanthropic partnerships that help those in need. One of the ways that the KBF serves this mission is by awarding annual grants to law-related organizations and projects. Applications for the KBF’s 2020 grants will be available beginning January 10, 2020 with a submission deadline of March 16, 2020. To be considered for a grant, your program must meet the following requirements, among others:
  • Recipient must be a 501(c)(3) or other tax-exempt organization.
  • The program or project for which funding is requested must have a law-related purpose and provide services in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
The Kentucky Bar Foundation will award the 2020 grants during its annual Fellows and Partners for Justice Society Luncheon on June 25, 2020. Please visit to request that a grant application be sent to you.
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