The Jackson County Circuit Court announced extensions to procedural changes related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

David M. Byrn, the presiding judge for the 16th Circuit, issued new administrative orders Thursday extending the timeline for modifications made earlier as a stay-at-home order was issued for the county. The court will remain open even though the Jackson County, Independence and Kansas City stay-at-home orders were extended to May 15 on Thursday.

Bryn ordered defendants with bonds of $5,000 or less not to be transported to the Jackson County Detention Center through May 31. Those defendants will be released on their own recognizance and given a court date approximately 90 days from their warrant.

In addition, the new orders extend Byrn’s previous order of March 19 delaying the issuance and execution of writs in landlord-tenant cases, garnishments and other actions through May 18.

The court also announced that jury trials will not be held through May 31. Cases affected by the order will be rescheduled.

Hearings will continue to be held by video conference or teleconference through May 15, except in emergencies. Hearings can be held for full orders of protection if all parties are available by teleconference or video conference. Otherwise, hearings on full orders of protection will be continued and ex parte orders will remain in effect.

Litigants without attorneys can call the court for assistance or find information on the court’s website at regarding additional options for filing lawsuits or (more) documents so a visit to the courthouse is not required. Alternative methods for filing lawsuits or documents include email, fax, mail or lobby drop box.

Parties involved in a court case are encouraged to check Missouri for their next scheduled hearing date.