FRANKFORT, Ky., Nov. 15, 2004 ¾ District judges from throughout Kentucky took part in the 2004 District Judges’ Judicial College offered by the Kentucky Court of Justice. The conference took place in October at Embassy Suites in Covington.
“District judges handle busy dockets and a wide variety of cases,” said Susan Johnson, president of the Kentucky District Judges’ Association and chief regional district judge for Johnson, Lawrence and Martin counties. “The Court of Justice offers continuing education on the latest legislation, practices and procedures to help district judges provide thoughtful, well-informed decisions to the citizens they serve.”
The 2004 program focused on topics of interest to new and experienced district judges. Kentucky judges and court officials presented sessions on domestic violence and emergency protective orders; guardianship; updates on case law, DUI cases and new legislation; burden of proof; search warrants; search and seizure issues; and uniform jury instruction.
District Court is a court of limited jurisdiction which hears civil cases involving $4,000 or less, juvenile matters, city and county ordinances, misdemeanors, cases relating to domestic violence and abuse, guardianships for disabled people, traffic offenses, probates of wills and felony preliminary hearings. The Administrative Office of the Courts is the operational arm of the Kentucky Court of Justice and supports the activities of more than 3,400 court system employees, including the elected offices of justices, judges and circuit court clerks. The AOC also executes the Judicial Branch budget.