Kentucky Court of Justice
New Supreme Court Justice Wright to be sworn in Dec. 7 in Frankfort

Press Release Date:  Thursday, December 03, 2015  
Contact Information:  Susan Stokley Clary
Supreme Court Clerk

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Justice Samuel T. Wright, III of the 7th Supreme Court District will be invested formally in ceremonies conducted in the Supreme Court Courtroom, at the Capitol building in Frankfort, at 11:00 a. m. on Monday, December 7, 2015. 

Justice Wright was born and raised in Letcher County, Kentucky.  His father was a probation and parole officer, and his mother ran a country store.  Justice Wright and his sister were raised in an apartment in the back of that small family business.  While in high school Justice Wright worked evenings and weekends in the store. 

Justice Wright attended Hazard Community College, where he obtained an Associate’s Degree.  He graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1978 and received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1981.   Working his way through college, Sam spent his summers employed at a coal tipple.  After graduating from Law School, Justice Wright returned to Eastern Kentucky.  He joined the law firm of Cook and Wright in 1982.  In 1989 he opened his own law practice.  He married his college sweetheart, and they have two sons, who have remained in the region — one as a Wildlife Biologist, and one studying computer programming.

Justice Wright has worked as a trial judge for more than 23 years.  He was appointed as District Judge by Governor Brereton Jones in 1992, and then won the office by election.  He was appointed and then elected to the position of Circuit Judge of the 47th Judicial Circuit Court in 1993, and has been re-elected in 1999, 2006, and 2014. 

 As a Judge, Sam Wright established the first Parent Education Clinic in Eastern Kentucky.   The clinic helps parents going through divorce navigate that difficult situation with greater focus on the best interests of their children.

In 2004 Justice Wright obtained a grant to start a Drug Court, to provide treatment and support for substance addiction recovery in individuals with criminal convictions. The Drug Court Program provides both mental health services and court monitoring.  The Letcher County Fiscal Court unanimously passed a resolution describing the results achieved by Judge Wright’s Drug Court as “amazingly successful.”  Justice Wright obtained a grant in 2015 to expand his drug court.

Justice Wright was elected to the Supreme Court in November of 2015, and took the oath of office on the Letcher County Courthouse steps on November 23rd, 2015.