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Circuit judges participate in judicial college Oct. 22-25 in Louisville

FRANKFORT, Ky., Oct. 30, 2017 – Circuit Court judges from across Kentucky participated in sessions on racial fairness in jury selection, eyewitness testimony and the opioid epidemic at the 2017 Circuit Judges College that took place Oct. 22-25 in Louisville. The Education Committee of the Kentucky Circuit Judges Association and the Office of Judicial Branch Education at the Administrative Office of the Courts developed the college.

The college included several technology-related sessions, including those on e-Discovery, judicial and ethical issues for judges using social media, and digital evidence.

“The annual Circuit Judges College helps judges stay current on court trends, new laws and the latest technology,” said Circuit Judge Jean C. Logue, who serves Clark and Madison counties and was elected president of the Kentucky Circuit Judges Association at the college. “One of the most interesting sessions this year dealt with digital evidence. With smart phones, tablets, computers, GPS and more, judges frequently see digital evidence in their courtrooms, which presents unique issues when we’re evaluating what can be admitted in a case. It’s sessions like this and the opportunity to network with our fellow judges that make the college such an important resource.”

Other sessions at the college focused on medical reports as evidence, laws regarding friend of the court and guardian ad litem designations, and sovereign citizens, who believe they are exempt from laws based on the U.S. Constitution.

The judges heard from the Supreme Court justices and Court of Appeals judges about decisions that affect the work of Circuit Court. In other sessions, the judges learned about U.S. Supreme Court decisions, state legislation passed by the General Assembly in 2017 and potential 2018 legislation pertinent to the courts.

The college also offered sessions specifically for judges who oversee family law cases. The sessions covered tax issues and retirement assets in divorce cases, laws on assisted reproduction, and reviews of state Supreme Court and Court of Appeals decisions in family law cases.

The college included continuing judicial education credit for the circuit judges.

Circuit Court
Circuit Court is the court of general jurisdiction that hears civil matters involving more than $5,000, capital offenses and felonies, divorces, adoptions, termination of parental rights, land dispute title cases and contested probate cases.

Family Court
Family Court is a division of Circuit Court. In counties that have a Family Court, the court has primary jurisdiction in cases involving family issues, including divorces, adoption, child support, domestic violence and juvenile status offenses.

Administrative Office of the Courts
The AOC is the operations arm for the state court system and supports the activities of 3,400 court system employees and 404 elected justices, judges and circuit court clerks. As the fiscal agent for the state court system, the AOC also executes the Judicial Branch budget.

Most judges serve more than one county. By counties in each judicial circuit, Circuit Court judges who attended the college include:
Adair and Casey counties
Circuit Court Judge Judy D. Vance

Allen and Simpson counties
Family Court Judge Sid Broderson

Anderson, Shelby and Spencer counties
Family Court Judge S. Marie Hellard
Circuit Court Judge Charles R. Hickman

Ballard and Carlisle counties
Circuit Court Judge Timothy A. Langford

Bath, Menifee, Montgomery and Rowan counties
Circuit Court Judge William E. Lane
Circuit Court Judge Beth Lewis Maze

Bell County
Bell County Circuit Court Judge Robert V. Costanzo

Boone and Gallatin counties
Family Court Judge Linda Rae Bramlage
Circuit Court Judge Richard A. Brueggemann

Bourbon, Scott and Woodford counties
Circuit Court Judge Paul F. Isaacs
Circuit Court Judge Jeremy M. Mattox
Family Court Judge Lisa H. Morgan

Boyle and Mercer counties
Circuit Court Judge Darren W. Peckler
Family Court Judge Bruce Petrie

Bracken, Fleming and Mason counties
Circuit Court Judge Stockton B. Wood

Breathitt, Powell and Wolfe counties
Circuit Court Judge Frank A. Fletcher
Family Court Judge Larry Miller

Breckinridge, Grayson and Meade counties
Circuit Court Judge Bruce T. Butler
Circuit Court Judge Robert A. Miller

Bullitt County
Bullitt County Circuit Court Judge Rodney D. Burress

Caldwell, Livingston, Lyon and Trigg counties
Circuit Court Judge C. A. Woodall III

Calloway County
Circuit Court Judge James T. Jameson

Campbell County
Campbell County Circuit Court Judge Julie Reinhardt Ward
Campbell County Family Court Judge Richard A. Woeste

Carroll, Grant and Owen counties
Circuit Court Judge R. Leslie Knight

Carter, Elliott and Morgan counties
Circuit Court Judge Rebecca K. Phillips

Christian County
Christian County Family Court Judge Jason Shea Fleming
Christian County Circuit Court Judge Andrew C. Self

Clark and Madison counties
Circuit Court Judge William G. Clouse Jr.
Circuit Court Judge Jean C. Logue
Family Court Judge Nora J. Shepherd
Family Court Judge Kimberly Blair Walson

Clay, Jackson and Leslie counties
Circuit Court Judge Oscar Gayle House

Crittenden, Union and Webster counties
Family Court Judge Brandi H. Rogers
Circuit Court Judge C. Rene’ Williams

Daviess County
Daviess County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Castlen
Daviess County Family Court Judge Julia H. Gordon

Estill, Lee and Owsley counties
Circuit Court Judge Michael Dean

Fayette County
Fayette County Family Court Judge Traci Brislin
Fayette County Circuit Court Judge Kimberly Nell Bunnell
Fayette County Circuit Court Judge Pamela R. Goodwine
Fayette County Circuit Court Judge Thomas L. Travis

Floyd County
Floyd County Circuit Court Judge Thomas M. Smith

Franklin County
Franklin County Family Court Judge Squire Williams III
Franklin County Circuit Court Judge Thomas D. Wingate

Garrard and Jessamine counties
Circuit Court Judge Hunter Daugherty
Family Court Judge Jeff Moss

Green, Marion, Taylor and Washington counties
Circuit Court Judge Allan Ray Bertram
Circuit Court Judge Samuel Todd Spalding

Greenup and Lewis counties
Circuit Court Judge Robert Conley

Hardin County
Hardin County Family Court Judge Pamela K. Addington
Hardin County Circuit Court Judge Kelly Mark Easton
Hardin County Family Court Judge Brent Hall

Harlan County
Harlan County Circuit Court Judge Kent Hendrickson

Harrison, Nicholas, Pendleton and Robertson counties
Family Court Judge Heather Fryman

Hart and LaRue counties
Circuit Court Judge Charles C. Simms III

Henderson County
Henderson County Family Court Judge Sheila N. Farris
Henderson County Circuit Court Judge Karen L. Wilson

Henry, Oldham and Trimble counties
Circuit Court Judge Karen A. Conrad
Family Court Judge Doreen S. Goodwin

Hopkins County
Hopkins County Family Court Judge Susan Wesley McClure

Jefferson County
Jefferson Family Court Judge Dolly W. Berry
Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Angela McCormick Bisig
Jefferson Family Court Judge Denise DeBerry Brown
Jefferson Family Court Judge Gina K. Calvert
Jefferson Family Court Judge Deborah Deweese
Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Brian C. Edwards
Jefferson Family Court Judge Tara Hagerty
Jefferson Family Court Judge Hugh Smith Haynie Jr.
Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Darryl S. Lavery
Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Judith McDonald-Burkman
Jefferson Family Court Judge A. Christine Ward
Jefferson Family Court Judge Derwin L. Webb
Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Barry Willett

Johnson, Lawrence and Martin counties
Circuit Court Judge John David Preston
Family Court Judge Janie McKenzie-Wells

Kenton County
Kenton County Circuit Court Judge Gregory Bartlett
Kenton County Family Court Judge Dawn M. Gentry
Kenton County Circuit Court Judge Kathleen S. Lape
Kenton County Family Court Judge Christopher J. Mehling
Kenton County Circuit Court Judge Patricia M. Summe

Knott and Magoffin counties
Circuit Court Judge Kim Cornett Childers

Knox and Laurel counties
Family Court Judge Stephen M. Jones
Circuit Court Judge Gregory A. Lay

Lincoln, Pulaski and Rockcastle counties
Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey T. Burdette
Circuit Court Judge David A. Tapp
Family Court Judge Marcus L. Vanover

McCracken County
McCracken County Family Court Judge Deanna Wise Henschel
McCracken County Circuit Court Judge W.A. Kitchen

McCreary and Whitley counties
Circuit Court Judge Daniel Ballou

McLean and Muhlenberg counties
Circuit Court Judge Brian W. Wiggins

Perry County
Perry County Circuit Court Judge Alison C. Wells

Pike County
Pike County Circuit Court Judge Eddy Coleman
Pike County Family Court Judge Larry E. Thompson

Russell and Wayne counties
Family Court Judge Jennifer Upchurch Edwards

Warren County
Warren County Circuit Court Judge John R. Grise
Warren County Family Court Judge Catherine Rice Holderfield
Warren County Family Court Judge David A. Lanphear
Warren County Circuit Court Judge Steve Alan Wilson

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