Kentucky Court of Justice
Justice Michelle M. Keller to be formally sworn in as a Supreme Court justice May 14 at the Capitol
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Justice Michelle M. Keller will be formally sworn in as a justice of the Supreme Court of Kentucky at an investiture ceremony Tuesday, May 14, at the state Capitol in Frankfort. Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. will conduct the swearing-in ceremony. The event is open to the public and will take place at 11 a.m. EDT in the Supreme Court Courtroom on the second floor of the Capitol. The Capitol is located at 700 Capitol Ave.
Gov. Steve Beshear appointed Justice Keller in April to serve as the justice from the 6th Supreme Court District. Justice Keller was a Court of Appeals judge for the six years prior to being selected for the Supreme Court. With her appointment, the seven-member Supreme Court now has three female justices for the first time ever.
Justice Keller was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Justice Wil Schroder, who retired in January 2013 due to health issues.
The 6th Supreme Court District is composed of Bath, Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Carroll, Fleming, Gallatin, Grant, Harrison, Henry, Kenton, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas, Oldham, Owen, Pendleton, Robertson, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble counties.
The Supreme Court is the state court of last resort and the final interpreter of Kentucky law. Seven justices sit on the Supreme Court and all seven justices rule on appeals that come before the court. The justices are elected from seven appellate districts and serve eight-year terms. A chief justice, chosen for a four-year term by fellow justices, is the administrative head of the state’s court system and is responsible for its operation. The Supreme Court may order a ruling or opinion to be published, which means that the ruling becomes the case law governing all similar cases in the future in Kentucky.