The Supreme Court of Kentucky will convene April 18-19 in Frankfort to hear oral arguments in cases that originated in Fayette, Jefferson and Oldham counties. Proceedings are open to the public and will take place in the Supreme Court Courtroom on the second floor of the state Capitol at 700 Capitol Ave. in Frankfort.
The public may also observe oral arguments via the Supreme Court live stream on the Kentucky Court of Justice website. Oral arguments are available online as they occur in real time and are not available as archives.
The Supreme Court is the state court of last resort and the final interpreter of Kentucky law. Seven justices sit on the Supreme Court and all seven justices rule on appeals that come before the court. The justices are elected from seven appellate districts and serve eight-year terms. A chief justice, chosen for a four-year term by fellow justices, is the administrative head of the state’s court system and is responsible for its operation. The Supreme Court may order a ruling or opinion to be published, which means that the ruling becomes the case law governing all similar cases in the future in Kentucky.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2018
CINDY MUNCIE, ET AL. V. PATRICIA WEISEMAN
“Environmental Law. Stigma Damages to Property. The issue is whether and to what extent a property owner may be entitled to additional damages beyond costs of remediation for stigma attaching to property as a result of an environmental injury.”
Discretionary Review granted 9/20/2017
Oldham Circuit Court, Judge Karen A. Conrad
Attorney for Appellants: Joseph E. Conley, Jr.
Attorneys for Appellee: Kenneth Allen Bohnert and Bradley Robert Palmer
THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2018
MELVIN HENSLEY, ET AL. V. HAYNES TRUCKING, LLC, ET AL.
“Class Actions. Public Works Contracts. Non-payment of Prevailing Wages. The primary issue in this case is whether the Movants were permitted to bring a class action alleging a failure to pay prevailing wages to workers on qualifying public works projects. Another issue is whether the requirements for a class action were satisfied in this case.”
Discretionary Review granted 10/25/2017
Fayette Circuit Court, Judge Ernesto Scorsone
Attorneys for Appellants: Brent L. Caldwell, William R. Garmer, Jerome Park Prather and Bryce Caldwell
Attorneys for Appellees Haynes Trucking, LLC and L-M Asphalt Partners, LTD D/B/A ATS Construction: Robert E. Maclin, III, Jon Allen Woodall, Brendan Reynolds Yates and Masten Childers, III
Attorneys for Hartford Fire Insurance Co.: Susan C. Sears, La Toi D. Mayo and J. Andrew Inman
COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY V. B. H.
“Juvenile Law. Competency. Jurisdiction. KRS 635.020(4). Issues involve district court jurisdiction to conduct a competency hearing regarding a 14-year old who allegedly committed murder and first-degree robbery.”
Discretionary Review granted 8/16/17
Jefferson Circuit Court, Judge Brian C. Edwards
Attorneys for Appellant: Michael J. O’Connell, David A. Sexton, and Christopher Brown
Attorneys for Appellee: Daniel T. Goyette, Bruce P. Hackett and Elizabeth Zilberberg