Kentucky Court of Justice
Justice Mary C. Noble named deputy chief justice of Supreme Court of Kentucky
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. has named Justice Mary C. Noble as deputy chief justice of the Supreme Court of Kentucky. Justice Noble has served as a justice since November 2006 and as a judge for more than 18 years.
“I am pleased to announce that Justice Noble will serve as deputy chief justice for the Supreme Court,” Chief Justice Minton said. “Justice Noble is an effective leader and a skilled jurist who has earned the trust and respect of her colleagues on the court.”
Justice Noble succeeds Justice Will T. Scott as deputy chief justice. He had served in that role since July 1, 2006. The deputy chief justice fills in when the chief justice recuses in a case or an administrative matter.
Justice Noble represents the 5th Supreme Court District, which is comprised of Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Jessamine, Madison, Mercer, Scott and Woodford counties. Following her election to the Supreme Court of Kentucky for the first time in November 2006, she was re-elected unopposed in 2008 for an eight-year term.
Justice Noble chairs the Supreme Court Civil Rules Committee. She recently coordinated the effort to draft the Family Court Rules of Practice and Procedure that have been proposed to the Supreme Court. The proposed rules are uniform rules for Family Court programs statewide. She has also judged trial competitions at several law schools across the country and been a frequent speaker at state and national conferences on a variety of legal topics.
Prior to her election to the Supreme Court, Justice Noble was a Fayette County Circuit Court judge for 15 years and served two consecutive terms as chief regional circuit judge for the Fayette Region. She is one of the founders of Kentucky Drug Court and served as a Drug Court judge in Fayette County from 1996 to November 2006.
Justice Noble has served as president of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals Congress of State Drug Courts. She has also served on the board of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals and received its Stanley Goldstein Award, making her a member of the association’s national hall of fame.
She was in private practice for 10 years and served as a domestic relations commissioner for two years before being elected to the Fayette Circuit Court bench in 1991.
Justice Noble earned her juris doctor at the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1981. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn.
Supreme Court of Kentucky
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.