FRANKFORT—The House on Monday passed House Bill 407, which would create a pilot program to open the state's juvenile courts. The bill would allow the Administrative Office of the Courts to open to the public abuse, neglect and dependency cases in three to seven jursidictions. The proceedings would be open, but no identifying information about minors would be disclosed. Making juvenile court proceedings more transparent has been pushed since 2006, when an investigative report as well as a blue ribbon commission recommended more openness and oversight for such cases. The House voted 87-10 to pass the measure. It now heads to the Senate.
Kentucky is one of only three states that closes abuse, neglect and other child protection cases to the public.