Judicial Nominating Commission names candidates for judge in Bourbon, Scott, Woodford counties

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The Judicial Nominating Commission, led by Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr., announced nominees to fill the vacant Circuit Court judgeship in Bourbon, Scott and Woodford counties, which make up the 14th Judicial Circuit.

The vacancy is in the circuit’s 1st Division.

The three nominees for the judgeship are attorneys Jeremy Michael Mattox, Damon Loyd Preston and Perry Thomas Ryan, all of Georgetown.

Mattox has handled criminal, civil and domestic cases through his private law practice in Georgetown for more than 10 years. He received his juris doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law.

Preston, of Georgetown, is the state’s deputy public advocate and has served as a public defender in the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy for 23 years. He received his juris doctor from Harvard Law School.

Ryan has served as a Kentucky assistant attorney general for 28 years. He received his juris doctor from the UK College of Law.

The Circuit Court judicial seat became vacant when Judge Robert G. Johnson was appointed to the Court of Appeals on March 27.

Circuit Court is the court of general jurisdiction that hears civil matters involving more than $5,000, capital offenses and felonies, divorces, adoptions, termination of parental rights, land dispute title cases and contested probate cases.

The Judicial Nominating Commission helps fill judicial vacancies by appointment when a vacancy occurs outside of the election cycle.

From AOC Communications

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