Supreme Court Nominee to be ‘Agency Assistant’ on Kentucky Court Calendar
A federal appeals court nominee for the Kentucky Supreme Court is being considered as an agency assistant on the court’s calendar, according to an article in The Courier-Journal.
The appointment is part of a move by Sen. Mike DeWine, R-Ky., to allow a judge to serve as an assistant on court records, which the Senate has blocked in order to ensure that justices are up to speed on the law.
The court’s chief justice, however, is a retired judge and appointed by the governor, which requires confirmation by the full Senate.
The move is part in DeWines push to speed up court operations, which he said were too slow.
Kentucky is the only state that requires judges to submit court calendars to him for approval, but the process was slow and the court did not have enough resources to produce the required data.
DeWine has argued that the state needs more resources to prepare for the Supreme Court vacancy, and has introduced bills that would make it easier for judges to receive court records from their attorneys.