FRANKFORT, Ky., March 21, 2016 – Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. will testify about the Judicial Branch budget bill, House Bill 306 (attached), at noon today, March 21, 2016. The testimony will take place before the Senate Appropriations & Revenue Committee in the Capitol Annex, Room 149, 702 Capitol Ave., Frankfort. The public and the media are invited to attend.
Chief Justice Minton will discuss the “catastrophic ramifications” to the court system if the Judicial Branch budget bill passed by the House last week is not fixed by the Senate.
“Unless the legislature exempts the Judicial Branch from the budget reductions passed by the House and provides funding to reverse our structural imbalance, the court system will no longer continue to operate as we know it,” Chief Justice Minton said.
The chief justice is the administrative head of the state court system and is responsible for overseeing its operation. There are four levels of Kentucky state courts – District Court, Circuit Court, the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court. The Administrative Office of the Courts is the operations arm for the court system and supports the activities of 3,300 employees and 403 elected justices, judges and circuit court clerks. The AOC also executes the Judicial Branch budget.