Governor Beshear Appoints Chappell District Judge

Jan. 31, 2008 FRANKFORT, KY – Gov. Steve Beshear has appointed the Honorable John Paul Chappell to the office of District Judge for the 27th Judicial District, Division 2, of Kentucky, serving Knox and Laurel Counties. The vacancy was created when Judge Michael Caperton was elected to the Kentucky Court of Appeals. 

Chappell, 37, has been in private practice in London since 1999. He has tried civil and criminal cases in state and federal district courts. Chappell also has presented oral arguments before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Kentucky Supreme Court. He received his undergraduate degree from Eastern Kentucky University. Chappell then earned his juris doctorate from the University of Kentucky College of Law. He lives in London with his wife, Sherri, and their three children. 

This appointment shall serve until the November 4, 2008, general election.  When a judicial vacancy occurs, attorneys can recommend someone or nominate themselves. Nominees return a questionnaire to the Office of the Chief Justice. The Chief Justice then meets with the Judicial Nominating Commission in that area to choose three nominees to submit to the Governor. The Governor has 60 days to appoint a replacement. 

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