Kentucky Supreme Court By The Numbers:


Former prosecutor

Former public defender

Both a former prosecutor & public defender

  • 7 total seats
  • 0 current vacancies
  • 4 prosecutors
  • 2 public defenders
  • 1 Justice is both a former prosecutor & public defender
  • 0 Justices have other indigent defense experience
  • 0 civil rights lawyers

How Members of the Kentucky Supreme Court are Selected:

Nonpartisan Election

Justices are selected and re-selected in nonpartisan elections to eight-year terms by voters in the region that their seat represents. Interim selections to fill vacancies that occur between elections are made by governor appointment from a list prepared by the Kentucky Judicial Nominating Commission, which consists of members elected by members of the Kentucky Bar Association.

Selection method sources:

Ballotpedia, Judicial Election Methods By State; Brennan Center for Justice, Judicial Selection: An Interactive Map; Kentucky Bar Association, Judicial Nominating Commission