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Grand jury will meet as courts near reopening

Criminal charges that have lain dormant for months are heading to court.

The Supreme Court of Kentucky closed all courts in the state until after April 1. Grand juries could only meet remotely.

A Letcher County grand jury is to meet remotely tomorrow (Thursday), the first time indictments have been heard this year. Letcher Commonwealth’s Attorney Edison Banks estimates that he will recommend upwards of 70 indictments to their jurors on Thursday, and will likely have just as many the following week. That doesn’t include an inspection of the courthouse and jail, or an investigation of the fall election, both of which are required by state law.

Meanwhile, a new jury pool is being selected for trials, which will also begin in April, and for the grand jury. The current grand jury has only three days of service remaining under state statute.

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