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Kentucky Chief Justice Asks Lawmakers To Redraw Judicial Boundaries

Ryland Barton/WFPL

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.

Ryland Barton is the Managing Editor for Collaboratives for Kentucky Public Radio, a group of public radio stations including WKMS, WFPL in Louisville, WEKU in Richmond and WKYU in Bowling Green. A native of Lexington, Ryland most recently served as the Capitol Reporter for Kentucky Public Radio. He has covered politics and state government for NPR member stations KWBU in Waco and KUT in Austin.
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