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Obama appoints Kentucky Chief Justice Minton to board of directors of State Justice Institute


President Barack Obama has nominated Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. to serve on the board of directors of the State Justice Institute.

SJI is a federal non-profit corporation that awards grants to improve the quality of justice in state courts and foster innovative, efficient solutions to common issues faced by all courts. Some areas SJI is focusing on with grants this year are language access in state courts, technology, self-represented litigants and juvenile justice.

John D. Minton Jr.

John D. Minton Jr.

SJI is governed by an 11-member board of directors appointed by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
 
“I am honored to be appointed to the SJI board and, if confirmed by the Senate, look forward to working with my future SJI board colleagues to award grants that will have impact at the national, state and local levels,” Minton said.
 
Minton’s nomination must next be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.  

“I am confident that these experienced and hardworking individuals will help us tackle the important challenges facing America, and I am grateful for their service. I look forward to working with them,” Obama said.
 
The SJI board is comprised of six state court judges, one state court administrator and four members of the public (must be two from each major political party).
  
Minton is Chief Justice of Kentucky, a position he has held since 2008.  He has served on the Kentucky Supreme Court since 2006.  Previously, Mr. Minton served as a Judge on the Kentucky Court of Appeals from 2003 to 2006.  From 1992 to 2003, he was a Circuit Judge in Kentucky’s Eighth Judicial Circuit.

From 1996 to 2003, he also served as Chief Administrative Judge for the 21-county Green River Region.  He is currently a Member and President-Elect of the Conference of Chief Justices.  He is also a Member of the Board of Directors of the National Center for State Courts.  Minton received a B.A. from Western Kentucky University and a J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law.

From Administrative Office of the Courts Communications


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