Circuit judges attend college

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Administrative Office of the Courts conducts program

By The Staff

Chief Circuit Judge Charles C. Simms III and Circuit Judge John David “Jack” Seay, who serve Hart, LaRue and Nelson counties, participated in the 2009 Circuit Judges Fall College Sept. 20-24 in Lexington. The Administrative Office of the Courts offered the training for Circuit Court judges and Family Court judges throughout the state.

The judges attended courses about effectively mediating felony and family cases, better managing and organizing dockets by identifying the need for court interpreters, using court-appointed services to promote justice and efficiency and using statistical data and technology to identify case-management issues.

During a session about the culture of judging, the judges reviewed the history and traditions of the Kentucky court system.

Circuit Court is the court of general jurisdiction in cases involving capital offenses, felonies, land disputes, contested probates of wills and general civil litigation in disputes involving more than $4,000. A division of Circuit Court, Family Court has primary jurisdiction in cases involving family issues such as divorces, adoption, child support, domestic violence and juvenile status offenses.