First Kentuckian to hold position since 1993
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 1, 2016) — Kentucky Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. was elected president of the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) and chair of the National Center for State Courts Board of Directors.
Minton is the first chief justice from Kentucky to hold this post in nearly 25 years. The only other chief justice from Kentucky to be CCJ president was the late Robert F. Stephens, who served from 1992-1993.
CCJ is comprised of the top judicial officers of each state, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. The group promotes the interests of state judicial systems by developing policies and educational programs designed to improve court operations. The CCJ also acts as the primary representative of the state courts before Congress and federal executive agencies.
“People across the country depend on a fair and independent judiciary,” Minton said. “The opportunity to work with my fellow chief justices to positively change our state courts is an honor and one of the highlights of my career. I want to spend the next year looking at how we can address access to justice for people who can’t afford an attorney, how the practice of law can adapt to changes in society and how we can work with our communities on the issues that erode trust in the justice system.”
As a long-standing member of the CCJ, Minton has served on the joint Court Management and Problem-Solving Courts committees of the CCJ/Conference of State Court Administrators.