Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Appoints Judge Ray Corns to Franklin District Court

Press Release Date:  Saturday, August 19, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Judge Corns will serve the 48th Judicial District's 1st Division

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher has appointed Judge Ray Corns, of Frankfort, to the Franklin District Court.  Judge Corns replaces Judge Thomas D. Wingate, who was appointed to the Franklin Circuit Court in July.

“I am pleased that Judge Corns has agreed to bring his experience back to the courts of Franklin County,” said Governor Fletcher.  “Judge Corns has presided over some of the most important legal cases of our day and he will have an easy transition to District Court to fill the void created by Judge Wingate’s move to the Circuit bench.”

“I am humbled that Governor Fletcher has given me this opportunity to return to the courts of our great Franklin County,” said Judge Ray Corns.  “My experience as both a Franklin Circuit Judge, and as Franklin Commonwealth Attorney will let me hit the ground running.”

Judge Corns is a graduate of Berea College and received his law degree from Cumberland College of Law at Samford University. In addition to his previous elected service as both Franklin Circuit Judge and Commonwealth’s Attorney, Judge Corns has served as chief legal counsel for the Kentucky Department of Education, an Assistant Attorney General, and Secretary of the Kentucky Justice Cabinet.  Over his career, Judge Corns has served as a Special Circuit Judge and Special District Judge in more than thirty judicial circuits throughout the Commonwealth.

Judge Corns lives in Frankfort.