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Judicial Branch to host Court Talks, a community engagement listening session, on May 16 at Spalding University

The Kentucky Judicial Branch and the Jefferson County Racial Fairness Commission will host Court Talks, a community engagement listening session, in Jefferson County to educate the public about the different departments and agencies that play a role in the legal and judicial systems.

The event will be May 16 from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Spalding University Center, 824 S. 4th St., in Louisville. Please note that the auditorium holds a maximum of 800 people and those who want to attend should arrive in time to secure a seat.

These include representatives from the Department of Pretrial Services at the Administrative Office of the Courts; Jefferson Circuit Court, Family Court and District Court; Office of Jefferson Commonwealth’s Attorney; Office of Jefferson County Attorney; Louisville-Jefferson County Public Defenders Corp.; Kentucky Department of Corrections; Kentucky Division of Probation & Parole; and the Legal Aid Society.

The goal of Court Talks is to give the public the chance to provide feedback about their interactions with and feelings about these agencies. After presentations from each of these entities, those in attendance will be able to ask questions. 

The public will have the opportunity to take an online survey prior to the event (details below). Following the listening session, researchers from the University of Louisville will hold a series of focus groups to better understand the needs and concerns of the community.

“This event will build on the ongoing community conversation started by the Jefferson County Racial Fairness Commission, which was created in 2001,” Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. said. “Our intention is to make positive changes to the judicial and legal processes based on the outcomes of the survey, the listening session and the focus groups.”

Chief Court of Appeals Judge Denise G. Clayton chairs the Community Engagement Planning Committee. The committee is composed of representatives from the court system’s community partners, including the Mayor’s Office, the Urban League, Louisville Metro Police Department, Metro Corrections, Restorative Justice Louisville, the Louisville Day Reporting Center, the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness and the University of Louisville Department of Sociology.

The University of Louisville Department of Sociology is conducting research on public perceptions of the justice system in Jefferson County by collecting survey data. The survey is open to anyone who interacts with the Jefferson County judicial and legal systems. The deadline to complete the survey is May 15. To take this 15-minute survey, click on the appropriate language:

Survey in English

Survey in Spanish

Survey in French

To obtain the survey in Arabic or Somali, contact Ryan D. Schroeder, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology at U of L, at ryan.schroeder@louisville.edu or (502) 852-8010.

From Administrative Office of the Courts

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