MintonHENDERSON, Ky. (9/10/18) — John D. Minton Jr., serving his second eight-year term on the Supreme Court of Kentucky and his third four-year term as chief justice, will speak to students in Henderson County High School’s government, history, and criminal classes as part of the school’s U.S. Constitution Week activities.

Minton will speak 9:46 -10:33 a.m. Thursday to the first set of students, and 11:15-11:40 a.m. to a second student group.

He will then go to the Professional Development Center on the Campus of Thelma B. Johnson Early Learning Center at the corner of Sixth and North Elm Street, where he will speak to the Rotary Club of Henderson, which will also be joined by the Henderson County Bar Association. The Rotary program will begin at approximately 12:15 p.m.

According to a press release, the Kentucky court system has been transformed in many areas during his administration. He steered Kentucky courts through the Great Recession by creating efficiencies at all four levels of the court system. He has made it a priority to invest in the people who operate the courts and in the court technology that can cut costs and deliver better service. His sweeping technology initiative has brought eFiling to every Kentucky county.

He has made it a priority to address judicial branch compensation by overhauling the salary structure for court employees and seeking increased pay for judges and circuit court clerks. During his tenure, the Supreme Court has adopted the state’s first uniform family court rules and juvenile court rules. He has worked with the executive and legislative branches to carry out penal code and juvenile justice reform. He was the 2016-17 president of the Conference of Chief Justices and chair of the National Center for State Courts Board of Directors. He was appointed to the State Justice Institute Board of Directors in 2016.

Minton was previously in private practice and a judge for the Circuit Court and Court of Appeals. He holds degrees from Western Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky College of Law.

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