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Kelly Stephens appointed clerk of Supreme Court of Kentucky; UK grad succeeds Susan Stokley Clary

For the first time in 25 years, the Supreme Court of Kentucky has a new clerk. The Supreme Court justices appointed Stephens to the position permanently on April 21 after she was named interim clerk on Feb. 1. As Supreme Court clerk, Stephens oversees case filing and management for the commonwealth’s highest court. The Supreme Court clerk is responsible for the custody, control and storage of all...

Supreme Court of Kentucky announces pilot project to reduce eviction cases in Jefferson County

In an effort to mitigate the effects of homelessness and streamline eviction cases, the Supreme Court of Kentucky has established the Eviction Diversion Pilot Project in Jefferson District Court. The project will connect tenants and landlords with rental assistance through Louisville Metro Government and other community organizations to help them avoid eviction for nonpayment of rent on residential...

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 Justice Michelle Keller to receive KY Bar Association’s Distinguished Judge Award

Supreme Court of Kentucky’s Justice Michelle M. Keller, was selected by the Kentucky Bar Association’s Board of Governors to receive the 2020 Distinguished Judge Award. The award is usually presented at the annual banquet held during the association’s annual convention. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the convention was canceled. The KBA is working to reschedule the awards banquet...

Longtime-clerk of the Supreme Court, Susan Stokley Clary, to retire on Feb. 1; clerked for three justices

One of the Supreme Court of Kentucky’s most recognizable figures is leaving her position. Susan Stokley Clary, the clerk of the Supreme Court for 25 years, will retire Feb. 1.   She has been clerk for three chief justices, Robert F. Stephens, Joseph E. Lambert and current Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr.   “Susan Clary’s long tenure on the second floor of the Capitol has made her synonymous...

Public invited to give input on foster care system at regional forum this Thursday in Pikeville

The public is invited to a regional community forum this Thursday in Pikeville to discuss improving outcomes for Kentucky children and families involved in the state foster care system. Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in the region are hosting the forum. The forum will take place from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center at 126 Main Street. CFCRBs are hosting seven regional...

Denise Clayton to be sworn in as chief judge of Kentucky Court of Appeals Wednesday

Judge Denise G. Clayton, who serves Jefferson County (4th Appellate District), will be sworn in as chief judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals at a ceremony Wednesday at the Jefferson County Judicial Center in Louisville. The media and public are invited. The event will take place at 3 p.m. EDT in the Appellate Courtroom on the 10th floor of the judicial center. Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton...

Family courts pilot project in six counties to allow public to observe some child protection cases

For the first time in Kentucky, some child protection cases will be open to the public under a four-year pilot project that will take place 2018-2021. The Supreme Court of Kentucky issued an order March 13 authorizing the Open Court Pilot Project. In 2018, Family Courts will be open from March 19-May 31 in Hopkins and Jefferson counties and the four-county judicial circuit of Harrison, Nicholas, Pendleton...

Updated: Supreme Court of Ky to hear arguments Feb. 7-9 in Frankfort; proceedings open to public

This story has been updated to reflect that oral arguments in COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY V. BRIAN MUCHRISON (2016-SC-0378-DG) originally secheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, February 8, have been canceled. The Supreme Court of Kentucky will convene Feb. 7-9 in Frankfort to hear oral arguments in cases that originated in Fayette, Jefferson, Kenton, Laurel, Mason, Pulaski and Warren counties. Proceedings...

Supreme Court of Kentucky to hear arguments Dec. 7 in Frankfort; Proceedings are open to the public

The Supreme Court of Kentucky will convene Dec. 7 in Frankfort to hear oral arguments in cases that originated in Fayette, Jefferson and Owsley counties. Proceedings are open to the public and will take place in the Supreme Court Courtroom on the second floor of the state Capitol at 700 Capitol Ave. in Frankfort. The public may also observe oral arguments via the Supreme Court live stream on the Kentucky...

Fayette circuit courthouse closed this week after water line break damages four floors

A water line break Sunday night at the Robert F. Stephens Circuit Courthouse at 120 N. Limestone in Lexington has caused extensive damage to sections of the first, second, third and fourth floors. There was damage only to the Circuit Court building and the District Court building was not affected.   At this point, no scheduled hearings or trials have been cancelled, but all Circuit Court events...

Commentary: Attorneys can make difference through pro bono service for 'public good'

  By Circuit Judge Roger Crittenden (Retired) Special to KyForward   Imagine facing serious, life-changing legal issues such as bankruptcy, foreclosure, domestic violence and wrongful eviction and not being able to afford an attorney. That’s the reality for thousands of low-income Kentuckians.   As we celebrate National Pro Bono Week this week, Oct. 20-26, the Kentucky Access to Justice...