Judicial Nominating Commission announces nominees for Jefferson Family Court judgeship

The Judicial Nominating Commission, led by Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr., today announced nominees to fill an upcoming vacancy in Jefferson Family Court. The three nominees for the Family Court judgeship are attorneys Brendan Russell Daugherty of Louisville, Bryan Daniel Gatewood of Fisherville and Lauren Adams Ogden of Louisville. Daugherty has his own law practice in which he handles...

Justice Cabinet creates incentive fund to provide alternatives to out-of-home placement for youth

The Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet and the Department of Juvenile Justice are launching a new incentive fund for local programs that supervise youth in the community, cutting taxpayer costs and reserving secure facilities for only the most serious offenders. The move is part of a comprehensive overhaul of Kentucky’s juvenile justice system – known as Senate Bill 200 – that took effect...

Chief Justice Minton provides update of state’s courts during 2017 State of Judiciary Address

Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. gave the legislature an update today on how the Judicial Branch is handling the complex issues facing the court system. “As we meet today, the challenges before us are many,” he said. “We’re grappling to keep up with rapid technological and social developments. The opioid epidemic has expanded court caseloads and altered Drug Court treatment in ways...

Kentucky Association of Circuit Court Clerks’ celebrate 25 years of Trust For Life at AOC college

Kentucky circuit court clerks celebrated the 25th anniversary of their Trust For Life program as part of the 2017 Circuit Court Clerks Fall College that took place Sept. 17-20 in Covington. The Kentucky Association of Circuit Court Clerks created the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life to educate Kentuckians about the life-saving mission of organ donation. The program was the first of its...

Mark Wohlander: Whistleblowers play key role in rooting out government waste, fraud, abuse

By Mark Wohlander Special to KyForward One could only hope Chief Justice John D. Minton was sincere when he said “transparency and accountability are bedrock principles in maintaining trust in state government.” More than 30 years after the Kentucky legislature enacted the state’s open records laws, the Kentucky Supreme Court has finally acknowledged that it is not above the law. The policy overturns...

Kentucky Supreme Court adopts first formal open records policy, expands electronic access

The Supreme Court of Kentucky has approved an open records policy that guides how the public accesses the administrative records of the state court system. The seven Supreme Court justices voted unanimously to adopt the policy, which will take effect Aug. 15. This is the first open records policy for the Administrative Office of the Courts, the operations arm of the court system. The policy is in...

Kentucky Drug Court head Connie M. Payne inducted into National Association of Drug Court Hall of Fame

Connie M. Payne, who heads Kentucky Drug Court and other specialty court programs for the Administrative Office of the Courts, has been named to the National Association of Drug Court Professionals Hall of Fame for her lasting contributions to the treatment court field. Payne was inducted into NADCP’s Stanley M. Goldstein Drug Court Hall of Fame on July 12 during the association’s annual conference...

Suspended Administrative Office of Courts employee Brown files suit on ‘improprieties,’ faces termination

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A suspended employee of the Administrative Office of the Courts has filed a whistleblower lawsuit alleging improprieties within the government agency that oversees the operation of the state’s judicial system. Scott Brown was placed on administrative leave earlier this year after reporting concerns to his supervisor, according to the lawsuit filed Wednesday in Franklin...

AOC director Dudgeon requests review of court system’s financial operations by state auditor

In a move to increase transparency and implement best practices in financial management, the Administrative Office of the Courts has asked the Auditor of Public Accounts to examine its financial operations and make recommendations on how to potentially improve internal management controls. The audit started June 1. Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. said he welcomed the review...

Judicial Nominating Commission announces circuit and district judge nominees for Jefferson County

The Judicial Nominating Commission, led by Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr., announced nominees to fill the vacant Circuit Court and District Court judgeships in Jefferson County. Jefferson County is the 30th Judicial Circuit/District and the vacancies are in the circuit’s 2nd Division and the district’s 11th Division. Circuit Court Judgeship: The three nominees for the circuit judgeship...

Three finalists named for vacant District Court judgeship for Bracken, Fleming and Mason counties

The Judicial Nominating Commission, led by Justice Michelle M. Keller on behalf of Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr., has announced nominees to fill the vacant District Court judgeship for Bracken, Fleming and Mason counties. The counties make up the 19th Judicial District. The three nominees for the judgeship are attorneys Kimberly Leet Razor of Flemingsburg, Jeffrey Louis Schumacher of...

Fayette Circuit Judge Goodwin among three nominees for vacancy on state Court of Appeals

The Judicial Nominating Commission, led by Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr., Friday announced three nominees to fill the vacant Court of Appeals judgeship that serves the 5th Appellate District in Central Kentucky. The vacancy is in the district’s Division 1. The commission met Thursday in Frankfort. The three nominees for the judgeship are Pamela R. Goodwine of Lexington and Robert...

Volunteers sought in 37 Kentucky counties to review cases of children in foster care

Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in 37 Kentucky counties are seeking volunteers to make a difference in the lives of local children in foster care and other out-of-home care. The boards are in need of volunteers to review cases of children placed in care because of dependency, neglect or abuse to ensure they are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. The counties in need of volunteers...

Former newsman Staats named to lead state Citizen Foster Care Review Board

Howard E. “Ed” Staats of Crestwood has been named head of the State Citizen Foster Care Review Board, which guides the work of local Citizen Foster Care Review Boards statewide. Staats, a retired news service executive, advanced to be the board’s state chairman after serving in the elected position of vice chairman for two years. His term as chairman is two years. CFCRBs are teams of court-appointed...

Chief Justice Minton announces judicial redistricting plan for Kentucky’s Circuit, District courts

Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. has introduced the first Judicial Redistricting Plan Kentucky has seen in decades. The Kentucky legislature will consider the plan during the 2017 regular session of the General Assembly. If passed, the plan will take effect in 2022, when all Circuit Court, Family Court and District Court judges are on the ballot. “I am pleased to announce that the Judicial...

Volunteers needed to review cases of children in foster care in Fayette County

Fayette County Citizen Foster Care Review Boards are seeking volunteers to make a difference in the lives of local children in foster care. The boards are in need of volunteers to review cases of children placed in foster care because of dependency, neglect or abuse to ensure they are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. Volunteers are not required to live in Fayette County to participate. All...

Minton becomes first Kentuckian in 25 years to head Conference of Chief Justices

Beginning Friday, Kentucky will have a representative who can help shape the work of the country’s chief justices and the board that provides support to state courts across the country. Kentucky Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. has been elected by his fellow chief justices to serve a one-year term as president of the Conference of Chief Justices and chair of the National Center for State Courts...

Supreme Court Justice Noble receives Liberty Bell Award for service to commonwealth, court system

Deputy Chief Justice Mary C. Noble recently received the Liberty Bell Award from Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. for her service to the commonwealth and the Kentucky Court of Justice. Justice Noble serves the Supreme Court’s 5th District, which is comprised of Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Jessamine, Madison, Mercer, Scott and Woodford counties. Deputy Chief Justice...

Fayette Circuit Court Clerk Riggs elected president of Kentucky Association of Circuit Court Clerks

Fayette County Circuit Court Clerk Vincent Riggs is the new president of the Kentucky Association of Circuit Court Clerks. Riggs’ term as KACCC president began immediately and is for one year. He succeeds Bell County Circuit Court Clerk Colby Slusher as president. Riggs is the first Fayette County circuit court clerk to be elected KACCC president. Vincent Riggs (Photo Provided) Circuit court clerks...

Volunteers needed to review cases of children in foster care in 67 Kentucky counties

Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in 67 Kentucky counties are seeking volunteers to make a difference in the lives of local children in foster care. The boards are in need of volunteers to review cases of children placed in foster care because of dependency, neglect or abuse to ensure they are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. The counties in need of volunteers are Anderson,...