Kentucky Court of Justice
Chief Justice Minton tells legislative committee that fair pay for Judicial Branch employees is his budget priority
Read Chief Justice Minton's remarks.
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. told a legislative committee today that revising the Judicial Branch salary structure would be his priority budget request for the 2014 session of the General Assembly.
“It is an embarrassing fact that more than 800 – one-fourth – of our 3,300 non-elected employees fall under the federal poverty guidelines for a family of four," Chief Justice Minton said. "An even larger number qualify for food stamps based on their salaries.”
Chief Justice Minton gave his remarks as he presented an overview of the Judicial Branch budget to the General Assembly’s Budget Review Subcommittee on Justice and the Judiciary at the Capitol Annex. He testified about the budget for the next fiscal biennium of Fiscal Years 2014-2016.
The chief justice told the committee that his budget request would be about "making systemic revisions to our compensation structure to ensure that court employees – the people who provide indispensible services and provide access to justice in courthouses in your home counties and across the state – are adequately and fairly compensated."
Chief Justice Minton formed a Compensation Commission in 2010 to evaluate the Judicial Branch’s salary scale, which has historically trailed those of the Executive and Legislative branches. The proposed salary structure is based on the commission’s recommendations.
The chief justice is the administrative head of the state court system and is responsible for overseeing its operation. Chief Justice Minton was elected to the Supreme Court in 2006. His fellow justices elected him to serve a four-year term as chief justice in 2008 and re-elected him for a second term in 2012.