From U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas
On March 27, Congress passed and the President signed the CARES Act which provides economic relief for individuals and businesses; and, authorizes the use of video and telephone conferencing, under certain circumstances with the consent of the defendant, for various criminal events during the course of the COVID-19 emergency. The District of Kansas adopted Administrative Order 2020-4 to allow for these provisions to take effect. The CARES Act consent form is posted on our public website under criminal forms.
The current COVID-19 crisis has affected the practice of law in a variety of ways. The most prominent is the need to work remotely from our offices. This transition has been seamless for some but far more difficulty for others. Besides the transition to off site work, how the practice of law occurs has also been challenged.
For a large segment of practicing lawyers, the simple act of notarizing a document has become nearly impossible. Self-isolations requirements run counter to in-person notaries. The KBA has received several comments about this growing problem and we would like to update you on our efforts to deal with lack of access by notaries.
The KBA has worked closely with the Kansas Land Title Association and the Kansas Secretary of State’s Office to amend notarial statues in Kansas. This session the KBA supported HB 2713, Enacting the revised uniform law on notarial acts. This bill would allow a remotely located individual, defined as an individual who is not in the physical presence of the notary public who performs a notarial act, to comply with the personal appearance requiremment by using communication technology to appear before a notary public.
Unfortunately, HB 2713 was unable to make it to the governor’s desk before the COVID-19 hit. However, the KBA has discussed this issue with legislative leaders and will push for its passage at the earliest possible time.
In the meantime, the KBA is again working closely with the KS Secretary of State’s Office and the Kansas Land Time Association and other interested parties on language that would suspend the personal appearance requirement for notarizations in Kansas. This proposal would be sent to the Governor’s Office for her consideration and possible enactment thru executive order. This is an on-going, fluid discussion. The KBA will continue to work on this issue for our members and will provide an update when more information is available.
Posted By Administration,
Monday, March 23, 2020
Updated: Thursday, April 9, 2020
This week the KBA executive committee voted to postpone all live meetings and events until further notice, including the Annual Meeting in Wichita, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Plans for rescheduling these events are pending. The postponed events include:
All live CLE programs (Watch for expanded webinar offerings to help you meet your annual CLE requirement.)
KBA Inaugural Leadership Institute
Court Appreciation Dinner
The Kansas Bar Foundation has cancelled its Scholarship Reception.
The KBA YLS Mock Trial state competition has been cancelled.
KBA Annual Meeting set for June in Wichita, including all events associated with the proceedings
Posted By Administration,
Friday, March 20, 2020
Updated: Thursday, March 26, 2020
Governor Laura Kelly directed that all executive branch offices, including OAH, will be closed from March 23 to April 5, 2020, to reduce the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). All hearings and prehearing conferences are cancelled and will be rescheduled. OAH tentatively is scheduled to reopen on April 6, 2020. To ensure access to OAH during this time, document and exhibits may be submitted in one of three ways:
Use TemporaryFilingOAH@ks.gov to send documents and exhibits to OAH. This temporary email address will be monitored by OAH staff while OAH is closed.