Kentucky Court of Justice
Judge Paul F. Isaacs elected president of Kentucky Circuit Judges Association
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Circuit Court Judge Paul F. Isaacs, who serves Bourbon, Scott and Woodford counties, has been elected president of the Kentucky Circuit Judges Association. Judge Isaacs was elected to serve by his fellow judges at the Circuit Judges College that took place Oct. 9-12 in Frankfort. His term as president is two years. He succeeds Pike County Family Court Judge Larry E. Thompson as president.
“Judge Isaacs has a long history of leadership in the Judicial and Executive branches of state government and his fellow judges respect his administrative skills and knowledge of the law,” Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. said. “I look forward to working with him on issues that are important to circuit judges and the court system as a whole.”
As president of the Circuit Judges Association, Judge Isaacs administers the business of the association, which is comprised of the state’s 146 Circuit Court judges. His role as president includes establishing committees and presiding over committee meetings, monitoring legislation affecting the courts, serving as spokesman for the circuit judges and presiding at judicial conferences held for circuit judges.
“There is no better honor than to be elected by your peers to lead the Circuit Judges Association and I will strive to justify their confidence,” Judge Isaacs said. “I have great respect for our judiciary and look forward to serving the judges throughout my term.”
Judge Isaacs has served as circuit judge for Bourbon, Scott and Woodford counties since 2000. He previously served as director of the Administrative Office of the Courts, commissioner of the Kentucky State Police and secretary of the Kentucky Justice Cabinet (now named the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet). He earned his bachelor’s degree at Union College in Barbourville, Ky., and his juris doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law.
Circuit Court is the court of general jurisdiction that hears civil matters involving more than $5,000, capital offenses and felonies, divorces, adoptions, termination of parental rights, land dispute title cases and contested probate cases. In counties with a Family Court, the Family Court has primary jurisdiction in cases involving family issues, including divorces, adoption, child support, domestic violence and juvenile status offenses. Family Court is a division of Circuit Court.
The AOC in Frankfort is the operations arm for the state court system. The AOC supports the activities of nearly 3,300 court system employees and 403 elected justices, judges and circuit court clerks. As the fiscal agent for the state court system, the AOC executes the Judicial Branch budget.