A nonprofit publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Kentucky Court of Appeals to hear civil cases November 30 at EKU’s Carl D. Perkins Building

The Kentucky Court of Appeals will convene Thursday at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond to hear civil cases on appeal from Fayette, Franklin, Hopkins and Jefferson counties and a criminal case from Jefferson County. Proceedings are open to the public and will begin at 10 a.m. at the Carl D. Perkins Building at 4436 Kit Carson Drive.

Three-judge panels composed of Court of Appeals Judges Glenn E. Acree, Sara Walter Combs, Robert G. Johnson, Debra Hembree Lambert and Jeff S. Taylor will hear the cases. Judges Johnson, Lambert and Taylor will preside.

Nearly all cases heard by the Kentucky Court of Appeals come to it on appeal from a lower court. If a case is tried in Circuit Court or District Court and the losing parties involved are not satisfied with the outcome, they may ask for a higher court to review the correctness of the trial court’s decision. Some cases, such as criminal case acquittals and divorces, may not be appealed. In a divorce case, however, child custody and property rights decisions may be appealed. Cases are not retried in the Court of Appeals. Only the record of the original court trial is reviewed, with attorneys presenting the legal issues to the court for a decision.

Fourteen judges, two elected from seven appellate court districts, serve on the Court of Appeals. The judges are divided into panels of three to review and decide cases, with the majority determining the decision. The panels do not sit permanently in one location, but travel throughout the state to hear cases.

From Administrative Office of the Courts

Related Posts

Leave a Comment