The justices of the Supreme Court of Kentucky have unanimously voted to elect Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. to a second term as chief justice. The four-year term begins June 27, 2012. He was sworn in as Kentucky’s fifth chief justice on June 27, 2008, after being elected to the Supreme Court in 2006. “With this re-election, the justices have expressed their appreciation for the hard work and leadership of Chief Justice Minton,” said Mary C. Noble, deputy chief justice for the Supreme Court. “We have an unusually close court that works together on all major issues under the guidance of our chief justice.”
Chief Justice Minton focuses on funding crisis for state courts in Law Day speech
Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. discussed the funding crisis for state courts in Kentucky and nationwide in his remarks at the Kentucky Law Day celebration May 2 at the Capitol in Frankfort. The national theme of Law Day 2012 was No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom. “We have all learned to be resourceful and to live within our means, to change, to evolve and to reengineer, but state courts are running out of options for dealing with The Great Recession,” Chief Justice Minton said. “The underfunding of state courts impacts not only the prompt and fair resolution of disputes, but also public safety, the economy and our very system of government.” The Law Day celebration took place in the chambers of the House of Representatives. Former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Sue Bell Cobb was the keynote speaker. The event included a swearing-in ceremony for 146 new attorneys.
Chief Justice Minton presents State of the Judiciary address
Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. presented the annual State of the Judiciary address before the General Assembly’s Interim Joint Committee on Judiciary on Dec. 9, 2011, at the Capitol in Frankfort. He discussed the Judicial Branch’s recent accomplishments and challenges and provided an overview of the branch’s FY 2012-2014 budget request in his remarks to the committee. He also talked about early outcomes of House Bill 463.
The chief justice is the administrative head of the state court system and is responsible for overseeing its operation. Chief Justice Minton was sworn in as Kentucky’s fifth chief justice in June 2008.
Chief Justice Minton testifies about state of Judicial Branch
Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. testified about the state of the Judicial Branch at a meeting of the Interim Joint Committee on the Judiciary on Sept. 8 in London.
Chief Justice Minton testifies on Judicial Branch budget
Chief Justice Minton testified on the Judicial Branch budget before the House Appropriations and Revenue Budget Review Subcommittee on Justice and Judiciary Feb. 17, 2010, in Frankfort.
Chief Justice Minton speaks on rule of law at Centre College
Centre College hosted Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. March 3, 2010, for a convocation on the importance of the rule of law.
Chief Justice Minton testifies before Judiciary Committee
Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. testified about the state of the Judicial Branch at a meeting of the Interim Joint Committee on the Judiciary on Oct. 2, 2009, in Manchester.
Chief Justice Minton discusses state of the judiciary at Judiciary Committee meeting
Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. talked about the state of the judiciary Nov. 18, 2008 during his address to the Interim Joint Committee on the Judiciary in Frankfort.
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