Chief Justice Minton pushing for new judicial center in Butler County

FRANKFORT, Ky.- The chief justice of Kentucky’s Supreme Court is requesting funding for a new judicial center in Butler County.

Chief Justice John Minton Jr. discussed funding priorities for the Judicial Branch on Tuesday in Frankfort.

In addition to requesting money for a new Butler County judicial center, the chief justice painted a grim picture of the Judicial Branch’s budget.

Minton said the Judicial Branch represents only 3% of the state’s total budget and accounts for 10% of the state’s workforce.

Moreover, judge’s salaries in Kentucky rank 50th among other states, according to Minton.

The chief justice is hoping to increase compensation for elected and non-elected Judicial Branch personnel and fill dozens of vacant positions.