Judicial Vacancies

Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has agreed to wait several months before filling 27 judicial vacancies across the state. Beshear says he and state Supreme Court Chief Justice John Minton decided it was a good way to save the state some much-needed revenue. "What the chief justice and I decided to do was just to delay for a short period of time the filling of these vacancies and allow these senior judges to carry that case load. If we just delay it for three or four months, we can save about a million dollars." Chief Justice Minton says he will wait until July to appoint the commissions that recommend judicial candidates to the governor. Once the nominating process begins, the first judgeships to be filled are three vacancies in Jefferson County.