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Crosby appointed to regional post

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By The Staff

An Oldham County district judge who serves Henry, Oldham and Trimble counties is moving to a regional post. 

District Court Judge Jerry D. Crosby has been appointed vice chief regional district judge for the Northern Region. 

The region consists of Anderson, Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Carroll, Fleming, Gallatin, Grant, Harrison, Henry, Kenton, Mason, Nicholas, Oldham, Owen, Pendleton, Robertson, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble counties. 

 Judge Crosby is one of 30 judges Chief Justice Minton named to regional posts across Kentucky. 

The appointments were effective Feb. 1.

 “The judges selected for the regional appointments have the respect of their fellow judges and are equipped with the knowledge and experience to successfully fulfill their duties,” Chief Justice Minton said. “I am confident in their ability to ensure that the court system is effectively carrying out justice for our citizens.”

 Chief regional judges are responsible for assigning special judges in cases of conflicts or vacancies and may serve in the absence of any judge within their region. These judges supervise the administrative business of the courts in their region and provide general direction and supervision to the nonjudicial personnel assigned to those courts. The vice chief regional judge manages the administrative functions of the court when the chief judge is unavailable. Regional judges are appointed for two-year terms and may be reappointed. 

 In addition to Judge Crosby, regional judges Chief Justice Minton appointed in February for the Northern Region are Chief Regional Circuit Judge Gregory Bartlett, Vice Chief Regional Circuit Judge Charles R. Hickman and Chief Regional District Judge Karen A. Thomas.  

  Judge Bartlett is a Kenton County Circuit Court judge, Judge Hickman is a Circuit Court judge for Anderson, Shelby and Spencer counties and Judge Thomas is a Campbell County District Court judge.

 The Kentucky court system’s eight administrative regions are the Bluegrass Region, Cumberland Region, Fayette Region, Green River Region, Metro Region, Mountain Region, Northern Region and Purchase Region.  

 Circuit Court is the court of general jurisdiction that hears civil matters involving more than $4,000, capital offenses and felonies, divorces, adoptions, termination of parental rights, land dispute title cases and contested probate cases.

 District Court is a court of limited jurisdiction which hears civil cases involving $4,000 or less, juvenile matters, city and county ordinances, misdemeanors and cases relating to domestic violence and abuse, guardianships for disabled people, traffic offenses, small claims, probate of wills and felony preliminary hearings.  

 The Administrative Office of the Courts in Frankfort is the operational arm of the Kentucky Court of Justice and supports the activities of about 3,800 court system employees.