Kentucky chief justice elected president of national group

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky’s chief justice has been elected president of the Conference of Chief Justices and chair of the National Center for State Courts board of directors.

Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. was elected during the groups’ annual meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, last week. The only other Kentucky chief justice to hold the post was the late Robert F. Stephens, who served from 1992 to 1993.

The Conference of Chief Justices includes the top judicial officers of each state, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. The Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts said in a news release the conference develops policies and educational programs designed to improve court functions.

Minton said in the release he wants to look at access to justice for people who can’t afford lawyers and other issues.