In this section, we are providing selected examples that highlight particular areas courts are addressing with their administrative orders related to COVID-19. These are only a sample of all orders. Courts are issuing new orders daily. Check back frequently for more.
Kentucky Chief Justice (letter) 3-20-2020: " As we take aggressive steps to ensure social distancing in our judicial facilities, Kentucky’s overcrowded jails desperately need our attention. State and national media outlets are sounding the alarm about what a COVID-19 outbreak would do to inmates and jail staff and the law enforcement officers who come into contact with them. Much like nursing homes, jails are susceptible to worse-case scenarios due to the close proximity of people and the number of pre-existing conditions…We know what a potential disaster this could be and it’s our responsibility to work with jailers and other county officials to safely release as many defendants as we can as quickly as we can."
Montana Chief Justice (letter) 3-20-2020: "[w]e ask that you [Courts of Limited Jurisdiction Judges] review your jail rosters and release, without bond, as many prisoners as you are able, especially those being held for non-violence offenses."
New Jersey Supreme Court 3-22-2020: "No later than 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, except as provided in paragraph C, any inmate currently serving a county jail sentence (1) as a condition of probation, or (2) as a result of a municipal court conviction, shall be ordered released."