Kentucky Court of Justice
Judicial Nominating Commission announces names of nominees for new District Court judgeship in Warren County
The Judicial Nominating Commission, led by Chief Justice Joseph E. Lambert, today announced the three nominees to fill a new district judgeship for the 8th Judicial District, Division 3, consisting of Warren County. This new judgeship is one of nine judgeships approved by the 2006 Kentucky General Assembly which became effective Jan. 1, 2007.
The three Warren County attorneys named as nominees to fill this vacancy are John B. Brown, B. Alan Simpson and Brent Travelsted.
Judicial Nominating Process
When a judicial vacancy occurs, the executive secretary of the Judicial Nominating Commission publishes a notice of vacancy in the judicial circuit or the judicial district affected. Attorneys can recommend someone or nominate themselves. The names of the applicants are not released. Once nominations occur, the individuals interested in the position return a questionnaire to the Office of the Chief Justice. Chief Justice Lambert then meets with the Judicial Nominating Commission to choose three nominees. Because the Kentucky Constitution requires that three names be submitted to the governor, in some cases the commission submits an attorney's name even though the attorney did not apply. A letter naming the three nominees is sent to Gov. Ernie Fletcher for review. The governor has 60 days to appoint a replacement and his office makes the announcement.
District Court is a court of limited jurisdiction which hears civil cases involving $4,000 or less, juvenile matters, city and county ordinances, misdemeanors and cases relating to domestic violence and abuse, guardianships for disabled people, traffic offenses, small claims, probate of wills and felony preliminary hearings. The Administrative Office of the Courts in Frankfort supports the activities of more than 3,500 Kentucky Court of Justice employees, including the elected offices of justices, judges and circuit court clerks.