John Minton Jr. sworn in as Ky. Chief Justice
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 27, 2008) –John D. Minton Jr. Was sworn in as chief justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court during a formal investiture service at 11 a.m. EDT, Friday, June 27, in the Supreme Court Courtroom at the Capitol. Chief Justice Joseph E. Lambert, who retires June 27 after 10 years as chief justice and 22 years as a justice, will administer the oath of office.
Minton was elected to the Supreme Court of Kentucky in November 2006 to represent the 2nd Supreme Court District. He had been appointed to the high court on July 24, 2006, to fill a vacancy. His career on the bench began in 1992 as a circuit judge for the 8th Judicial Circuit, and he later served on the Kentucky Court of Appeals.
Before his election to the Circuit Court bench, Minton practiced law in Bowling Green for nearly 15 years. He earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in history and English from Western Kentucky University in 1974 and a law degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1977.