Kentucky Court of Justice
Justice Cunningham to host Court at the Cupboard event to educate public about court system Aug. 12 in Madisonville
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Justice Bill Cunningham of the Supreme Court of Kentucky will host Court at the Cupboard, an event to educate the public about the court system, Friday, Aug. 12, at the Country Cupboard restaurant in Madisonville. A long-time advocate of helping citizens understand the state court system, Justice Cunningham is bringing together judges who represent Hopkins County at each level of the court system for the meeting. The gathering will take place from 8-10 a.m. CDT and include free coffee.
“For people to respect the court system, they need some understanding of it,” Justice Cunningham said. “The best way to understand it is to ask judges questions about it directly.”
In addition to Justice Cunningham, attendees will include Court of Appeals Judge Donna L. Dixon, Hopkins County Circuit Court Judge James Brantley, Hopkins County Family Court Judge Susan Wesley McClure and Hopkins County District Court Judges W. Logan Calvert and William R. Whitledge. Justice Cunningham and Judge Dixon represent Hopkins County and 23 other counties on their courts.
The event will give the public a rare opportunity to meet with the judges in a casual setting to talk about the legal system. The judges will be available to discuss and answer questions about cases that are final as well as legal issues and procedural matters but will not talk about pending cases.
“As far as I know, this is the first event of this nature in Hopkins County – the first time judges from every court level will be in the same room at the same time to answer questions and visit with the public,” Judge Brantley said.
Justice Cunningham was elected to the state’s highest court in November 2006. He previously served 15 years as a Circuit Court judge and 11 years as the commonwealth’s attorney for Caldwell, Livingston, Lyon and Trigg counties. He resides in Kuttawa with his wife, Paula. He has five adult sons and seven grandchildren.