Kentucky Chief Justice Asks Lawmakers To Redraw Judicial Boundaries
Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John Minton will ask lawmakers to redraw judicial boundaries in the state to ease heavy caseloads in some local courts.
Minton says the request comes on the heels of a National Center for State Courts study that showed discrepancies in caseloads between courts across the state.
“A data-driven approach that would at least level the playing field in terms of the political issues that are going to arise undoubtedly as a result of this process,” Minton said.
Last year, the state Senate passed a bill that would have reviewed judicial boundaries in the same years that legislative redistricting takes place.
Some lawmakers raised concerns that such a plan would reapportion judges out of rural areas where populations have decreased over the last half century.
The bill wasn’t taken up by the House.