Kentucky Court of Justice
Kentucky Court of Appeals to hear oral arguments March 24 in Elizabethtown on local Kentucky Utilities cases
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The Kentucky Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments Wednesday, March 24, in Elizabethtown as three landowners appeal a local trial court ruling that would allow Kentucky Utilities Co. to condemn their properties for electric transmission lines. Proceedings will take place at 1:45 p.m. EDT at the Hardin County Justice Center and will be open to the public.
A three-judge panel comprised of Court of Appeals Judges Glenn E. Acree and Joy A. Moore and Senior Judge David C. Buckingham will hear oral arguments in James L. Jent et al. v. Kentucky Utilities Company. In addition to Jent, the appellants are CDH Preserve LLC and Violet Monroe.
Senior Judge Janet P. Coleman ruled in favor of Kentucky Utilities in the original civil cases in Hardin County Circuit Court. The case numbers for the original cases are 2008CA001565 (Jent case), 2008CA001566 (CDH case) and 2008CA001567 (Monroe case).
Attorney W. Henry Graddy IV is representing the three appellants. Representing Kentucky Utilities are attorneys Jason Renzelmann, David Royse, Sheryl Snyder, Griffin Sumner, Robert Watt III and Lynn Zellen.
The justice center is located at 120 E. Dixie Ave. in Elizabethtown.
Judge Glenn E. Acree
Judge Glenn E. Acree was elected judge for the Kentucky Court of Appeals in November 2006 to serve Division 2 of the 5th Appellate District. He was appointed to that position in August 2006 to fill a vacancy created when Judge Julia K. Tackett retired June 30, 2006.
The 5th Appellate District is comprised of Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Jessamine, Madison, Mercer, Scott and Woodford counties.
Judge Acree resides in Lexington, where he has had a solo practice since 1997. Prior to 1997, he practiced law with Stidham & Acree from 1996 to 1997; with Thomas, Stidham & Acree from 1994 to 1996; and with McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland from 1985 to 1994.
Before his appointment to the Court of Appeals, Judge Acree handled litigation and appeals in the areas of criminal law, administrative law, employment discrimination, civil procedure, insurance law, domestic relations, environmental law and construction law.
Judge Acree has a bachelor’s degree and juris doctor from the University of Kentucky. He also earned a master’s degree from the University of Maryland.
He is married to the former Lisa T. Hahn of Versailles. He has two sons, Matt and Taylor.
Judge Joy A. Moore
Judge Joy A. Moore was elected judge for the Kentucky Court of Appeals in November 2006 to serve Division 2 of the 6th Appellate District. The 6th Appellate District is comprised of Bath, Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Carroll, Fleming, Gallatin, Grant, Harrison, Henry, Kenton, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas, Oldham, Owen, Pendleton, Robertson, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble counties.
Judge Moore served six years as chief law clerk for William O. Bertelsman, senior judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky. She also served as staff attorney to Kentucky Court of Appeals Judges Daniel T. Guidugli and Robert W. Dyche III. As a practitioner, Judge Moore specialized in civil rights defense work in the litigation department of Adams, Stepner, Woltermann & Dusing PLLC in Covington and practiced general litigation law with Hoffman, Hoffman & Grubbs in Elsmere.
Judge Moore graduated magna cum laude from Morehead State University, where she also earned a master’s degree and a Rank I teaching certificate. After teaching special education for seven years in Grant and Pendleton county schools, Judge Moore earned her juris doctor from the Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law. She ranked No. 1 in her law school class, graduated magna cum laude and was a member of the Northern Kentucky Law Review. She received numerous scholarships and awards for academic achievement, including the Chase Excellence Scholarship.
Judge Moore is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association, the Northern Kentucky Bar Association and the Salmon P. Chase Inn of Court. She serves on the St. Elizabeth Hospice Committee and the Executive Committee of Every Child Succeeds. She is a 2006 graduate of Leadership Northern Kentucky and serves on its Government Committee. She is a former member of Vision 2015, a 10-year strategic plan developed by Northern Kentucky citizens for economic growth, as well as the Kentucky Personnel Board, the Governor’s Postsecondary Education Nominating Commission and the board of the Boone County Court Appointed Special Advocates. She is a member of Florence Baptist Church, where she previously served on the Women’s Council.
Judge Moore grew up in Menifee County and resides in Boone County with her husband, Gary W. Moore. They have two children, Brandi Moore List and Scott Moore.
Senior Judge David C. Buckingham
Senior Judge David C. Buckingham has been a senior judge assigned to the Court of Appeals since 2006.
He was previously a Court of Appeals judge for nearly 10 years, serving from December 1996 to May 2006. From 1987 until he was appointed to the Court of Appeals in 1996, Judge Buckingham served as a Circuit Court judge. He was a District Court judge from 1982 to 1986.
Prior to his judicial career, Judge Buckingham served as an assistant county attorney.
Judge Buckingham, who is a Murray native, graduated from Murray State University and earned his juris doctor at the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law.
Judge Buckingham and his wife, Dianne Lee Buckingham, have one son, Tyler.
Kentucky Court of Appeals
Nearly all cases heard by the Kentucky Court of Appeals come to it on appeal from a lower court. If a case is tried in Circuit Court or District Court and the losing parties involved are not satisfied with the outcome, they may ask for a higher court to review the correctness of the trial court’s decision. Some cases, such as criminal case acquittals and divorces, may not be appealed. In a divorce case, however, child custody and property rights decisions may be appealed. Cases are not retried in the Court of Appeals. Only the record of the original court trial is reviewed, with attorneys presenting the legal issues to the court for a decision.
Fourteen judges, two elected from seven appellate court districts, serve on the Court of Appeals. The judges are divided into panels of three to review and decide cases, with the majority determining the decision. The panels do not sit permanently in one location, but travel throughout the state to hear cases.
Administrative Office of the Courts
The Administrative Office of the Courts in Frankfort supports the activities of 3,700 Kentucky Court of Justice employees, including the elected offices of justices, judges and circuit court clerks. As the fiscal agent for the state court system, the AOC prepares a biennial budget draft and executes the Judicial Branch budget.