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Supreme Court cancels in-person bar exams in 2020 as precaution, announces remote bar exam Oct. 5-6

The Supreme Court of Kentucky has entered amended order 2020-50 canceling the July 28-29 and Sept. 30-Oct. 1 bar examinations due to ongoing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. To protect the health and safety of bar applicants, employees and volunteers, the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions will administer a remote bar examination offered by the National Conference of Bar Examiners on Oct. 5-6. All...

Supreme Court provides updates on how courts will expand services starting June 1

On May 15, the Supreme Court announced the court system’s reopening plan, which provides guidance on how the Judicial Branch will gradually expand court services starting June 1. As a follow-up to the initial order, the Supreme Court released six orders Friday that offer further direction to the courts and the public about court operations on June 1. “As the Judicial Branch carefully expands court...

Nominees for circuit judgeship in Green, Marion, Taylor, Washington counties announced

The Judicial Nominating Commission, led by Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr., has announced nominees to fill the Circuit Court judicial vacancy for the 11th Judicial Circuit, Division 2. The circuit is made up of Green, Marion, Taylor and Washington counties. John D. Minton Jr. The three nominees for the Circuit Court judgeship are attorneys Arthur Daniel “Dan” Kelly of Springfield,...

Judicial Nominating Commission announces nominees for circuit judgeship in Clark and Madison counties

The Judicial Nominating Commission, led by Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr., today announced nominees to fill the Circuit Court vacancy for Clark and Madison counties. The counties make up the 25th Judicial Circuit and the vacancy is in the circuit’s 1st Division. John D. Minton Jr. The three nominees for the Circuit Court judgeship are attorneys Brandy Oliver Brown of Berea, Heidi Beth...

Retiring Court of Appeals judge Janet Stumbo honored by colleagues at retirement reception

Kentucky Court of Appeals Judge Janet L. Stumbo, who serves 22 counties in Eastern Kentucky, was honored by the chief justice, her fellow Court of Appeals judges, court system employees and others at a retirement reception Dec. 14 at the Court of Appeals building in Frankfort. “On behalf of the entire court system, what can I say except thank you for your years of service and the way you have cared...

Judicial Nominating Commission announces nominees for upcoming Court of Appeals vacancy

The Judicial Nominating Commission, led by Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr., on Tuesday announced nominees to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Court of Appeals. The vacancy is in the 7th Appellate District, 2nd Division. The district is composed of 22 Eastern Kentucky counties. The three nominees for the Court of Appeals judgeship are attorneys Gene Smallwood Jr. of Whitesburg, Jimmie...

Judicial Nominating Commission announces nominees for Jefferson Family Court judgeship

The Judicial Nominating Commission, led by Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr., today announced nominees to fill an upcoming vacancy in Jefferson Family Court. The three nominees for the Family Court judgeship are attorneys Brendan Russell Daugherty of Louisville, Bryan Daniel Gatewood of Fisherville and Lauren Adams Ogden of Louisville. Daugherty has his own law practice in which he handles...