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Chief Justice John Minton says cuts to court personnel will follow if Beshear’s budget enacted

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John Minton warns of substantial personnel cuts if Gov. Andy Beshear’s budget allocation for the Judicial Branch of government is enacted. During remarks before the House Budget Review Subcommittee on Justice, Public Safety and Judiciary on Tuesday, Minton laid out his requests for the next two years and described the consequences of...

Despite opposition, measure allowing state officials to avoid Franklin Circuit Court clears committee

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Despite strong opposition from Kentucky’s chief justice, a bill that could remove civil lawsuits involving state government from Franklin Circuit Court easily cleared a Senate committee on Monday. Under the proposed bill, sponsored by Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, any action that includes a claim for declaratory judgement, injunctive relief, or other form...

Judge Minton says expungement requests have doubled over the past year as result of new law

Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. said Friday that Kentuckians benefit when the three branches of state government work together. His comment was part of the annual State of the Judiciary address before the General Assembly’s Interim Joint Committee on Judiciary at the Capitol Annex in Frankfort. The full address can be found here. “Leading our state court system is an incredible honor and one...

Three Louisville attorneys nominated for vacancy on Jefferson County Family Court

The Judicial Nominating Commission, led by Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr., announced nominees to fill a vacant Family Court judgeship in Jefferson County. Jefferson County is the 30th Judicial Circuit and the vacancy is in the circuit’s 9th division. The three nominees for the judgeship are attorneys Judith K. Bartholomew, Gina Kay Calvert and Ellie Garcia Kerstetter, all of Louisville....

State of the Judiciary: Chief Justice Minton reports on ‘seminal year’ for Kentucky’s court system

Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. gave the legislature an update on the “events, accomplishment and turning points that have made 2015 a seminal year for the state court system” during the annual State of the Judiciary address at Northern Kentucky University. His remarks took place before the General Assembly’s Interim Joint Committee on Judiciary. The full address can be found here. “Last year...