Kentucky Judicial Branch

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One-fourth of the judicial workforce in Kentucky falls under the federal poverty guidelines for a family of four. 

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Minton calls the broken salary structure the most pressing issue in the state’s judicial system. 

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The Kentucky Judicial Branch will shut down for first of three furlough days this week. Court services will be unavailable across the Commonwealth August 6th.  The Judicial Branch is trying to offset a $25 million dollar budget shortfall. Non-elected court personnel will be off work without pay.  Driver's licenses, pretrial services, bond processing and release orders will also not be available. However, existing after-hours protocol will be followed for processing domestic violence orders and emergency protective orders.