Kentucky Supreme Court

Government
9:40 am
Fri October 31, 2014

For the First Time in 40 Years, Kentucky's Circuit, Appellate Courts Will Be Redrawn

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 6:01 am

As Kentucky's circuit judges' eight-year terms come to an end this year, the state legislature and Supreme Court have begun developing a strategy to redraw the state's appellate and circuit courts for the first time in more than 40 years.

In a recent legislative committee meeting, Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John Minton announced the start of the judiciary branch's massive redistricting undertaking, starting with an enormous study of each circuit's caseloads and responsibilities to be completed by January 2016.

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Government
3:46 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Chief Justice Minton Announces Study Looking at Caseloads for Kentucky Judges, Urges Pay Raises

Chief Justice John Minton

Originally published on Fri September 5, 2014 3:28 pm

Kentucky’s judicial branch is set to begin a study that will examine the balance of caseloads throughout the state.

Speaking to reporters after his annual “State of the Judiciary” address to lawmakers Friday, Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John Minton, Jr., said there is a perception held by many that some parts of the state have too few judges, while other regions have too many.

“And rolled up in that is the continuing concern in Daviess County of the need for family court, Daviess County being the largest jurisdiction in the state without family court.”

Seventy-one of Kentucky's 120 counties have family courts.  In counties that don't—such as Daviess—circuit judges are tasked with hearing cases regarding adoption, paternity, and domestic violence.

The Kentucky Supreme Court in 2012 certified the need for two family court positions in Daviess County, but budget constraints have delayed any action.

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Government
6:47 am
Tue November 12, 2013

AG Argues KY Supreme Court Case

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Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway says he will argue a case over the powers of his office before the state Supreme Court this week.

The Courier-Journal reports justices will consider under what circumstances the office can participate in investigations across the state.

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Society
6:59 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Former KY Supreme Court Justice Schroder Dies

The family of former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Wil Schroder says he has died.

His cousin, Kenton County Judge-executive Steve Arlinghaus, told The Kentucky Enquirer that the 67-year-old passed away late Saturday night.

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KY Supreme Court
6:31 am
Thu October 17, 2013

KY Supreme Court To Hear Informant Case

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The Kentucky Supreme Court is set to hear an appeal lawsuit brought by the family of a man who was killed while serving as an informant for the Kentucky State Police.

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Society
11:53 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Kentucky Supreme Court Upholds Dunlap Death Sentence

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The Kentucky Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence of a Western Kentucky man who pleaded guilty in 2010 to killing three children and attacking their mother near Fort Campbell. 

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Society
11:44 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Kentucky Supreme Court Overturns Murder Conviction of Teenager

The conviction and 50-year prison sentence of a Kentucky teenager has been overturned after the Kentucky Supreme Court concluded his confession was coerced. The high court today ordered a new trial for 19-year-old Garrett Thomas Dye. A jury convicted Dye in 2011 of beating his adopted sister to death.

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Education
10:28 am
Mon April 29, 2013

KY Supreme Court Rules Teachers Actions Not "Conduct Unbecoming"

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The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a longtime Fayette County elementary school teacher who was suspended without pay for nearly a year and a half for how she disciplined children running in the hall.

In their opinion issued last week, justices found that Rosalind Hurley-Richards did not commit “conduct unbecoming a teacher” when she used physical contact to direct a rowdy second-grade boy toward the principal’s office. The 7-year-old student was not harmed.

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Government
7:27 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Kentucky Court Orders Release of Child Death Records

The Kentucky Supreme Court has ordered Kentucky child welfare officials to publicly release records of child abuse cases resulting in death or serious injury.

The court released the 3-3 vote Thursday on whether to halt a lower court decision ordering the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to open the cases. The tie vote let the lower court decision stand.

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Government
12:31 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

For First Time, Kentucky Supreme Court Has Three Women Justices

In a historic appointment, Governor Steve Beshear has named Court of Appeals Judge Michelle M. Keller of Fort Mitchell to the Kentucky Supreme Court.

The appointment increases the number of women on the state's highest court to three. It is the first time the state Supreme Court has had three female justices on the bench.

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