Politics & Government

Kentucky Supreme Court elects Minton to second term as chief justice

Chief Supreme Court Justice John D. Minton.
Chief Supreme Court Justice John D. Minton. Photo provided

FRANKFORT — Justices of the Kentucky Supreme Court have unanimously voted to elect Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. of Bowling Green to a second term as leader of the state's court system.

The four-year term begins June 27. Minton 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."

Minton said he is honored to have the opportunity to continue serving his fellow Kentuckians. "I'm grateful to my colleagues for their strong vote of confidence," he said.

Under Minton's administration, the Supreme Court adopted the state's first uniform family law rules and formed the Kentucky Access to Justice Commission to improve access to civil legal aid for the poor.