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Denise Clayton to be sworn in as chief judge of Kentucky Court of Appeals Wednesday

Judge Denise G. Clayton, who serves Jefferson County (4th Appellate District), will be sworn in as chief judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals at a ceremony Wednesday at the Jefferson County Judicial Center in Louisville. The media and public are invited. The event will take place at 3 p.m. EDT in the Appellate Courtroom on the 10th floor of the judicial center. Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton...

Family courts pilot project in six counties to allow public to observe some child protection cases

For the first time in Kentucky, some child protection cases will be open to the public under a four-year pilot project that will take place 2018-2021. The Supreme Court of Kentucky issued an order March 13 authorizing the Open Court Pilot Project. In 2018, Family Courts will be open from March 19-May 31 in Hopkins and Jefferson counties and the four-county judicial circuit of Harrison, Nicholas, Pendleton...

Updated: Supreme Court of Ky to hear arguments Feb. 7-9 in Frankfort; proceedings open to public

This story has been updated to reflect that oral arguments in COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY V. BRIAN MUCHRISON (2016-SC-0378-DG) originally secheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, February 8, have been canceled. The Supreme Court of Kentucky will convene Feb. 7-9 in Frankfort to hear oral arguments in cases that originated in Fayette, Jefferson, Kenton, Laurel, Mason, Pulaski and Warren counties. Proceedings...

Supreme Court of Kentucky to hear arguments Dec. 7 in Frankfort; Proceedings are open to the public

The Supreme Court of Kentucky will convene Dec. 7 in Frankfort to hear oral arguments in cases that originated in Fayette, Jefferson and Owsley counties. Proceedings are open to the public and will take place in the Supreme Court Courtroom on the second floor of the state Capitol at 700 Capitol Ave. in Frankfort. The public may also observe oral arguments via the Supreme Court live stream on the Kentucky...

Fayette circuit courthouse closed this week after water line break damages four floors

A water line break Sunday night at the Robert F. Stephens Circuit Courthouse at 120 N. Limestone in Lexington has caused extensive damage to sections of the first, second, third and fourth floors. There was damage only to the Circuit Court building and the District Court building was not affected.   At this point, no scheduled hearings or trials have been cancelled, but all Circuit Court events...

Commentary: Attorneys can make difference through pro bono service for 'public good'

  By Circuit Judge Roger Crittenden (Retired) Special to KyForward   Imagine facing serious, life-changing legal issues such as bankruptcy, foreclosure, domestic violence and wrongful eviction and not being able to afford an attorney. That’s the reality for thousands of low-income Kentuckians.   As we celebrate National Pro Bono Week this week, Oct. 20-26, the Kentucky Access to Justice...