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Parents > United States > Kentucky > Referendums > 2002 Constitutional Amendments > Constitutional Amendment 1 - Family Court Amendment
OfficeReferendum
Type General Election
Filing Deadline 00, 2002 - 12:00pm Central
Polls Open November 05, 2002 - 05:00am Central
Polls Close November 05, 2002 - 05:00pm Central
Term Start November 06, 2002 - 12:00pm
Term End November 06, 3999 - 12:00pm
Turnout 36.35% Registered 23.82% Total Population
ContributorCrimson
Last ModifiedCrimson November 15, 2021 09:13am
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Are you in favor of family courts in Kentucky by amending the Kentucky Constitution to allow the Supreme Court to designate a division of circuit court as a family court?

Constitutional Changes Proposed by the Amendment

Currently, the Kentucky Constitution provides for District and Circuit Courts, Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court. The Constitution divides the jurisdiction of the courts, stating that the District Court is a trial court of limited jurisdiction and the Circuit Court is a trial court of general jurisdiction. However, there is no provision for creating special courts within the District or the Circuit Courts with particular jurisdictions. While Kentucky currently has several family courts operating throughout the state, a Supreme Court case denotes these family courts as "pilot projects" because there is no Constitutional provision specifically authorizing their creation. The proposed constitutional amendment would permit the chief justice of the Supreme Court to create a family court division within this highest level of the trial courts in Kentucky, the Circuit Court. A Circuit Court division designated as a Family Court would then have the jurisdiction of the Circuit Court and any additional jurisdiction that is provided by the General Assembly in law. This would give the pilot family court projects a permanent legal status, should the Chief Justice choose to retain family courts.

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