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District Court Judge Thomas M. Funk, who serves Carroll, Grant and Owen counties, attended a Local Rules Seminar on May 17-18 in Louisville.
The seminar was to help courts update their local rules to comply with the new statewide “Family Court Rules of Procedure and Practice” adopted by the Supreme Court Jan. 1.
Judges, attorneys and parties must follow the new statewide rules when handling such matters as divorce, termination of parental rights, domestic violence, child support, juvenile status offenses, adoption, and dependency, neglect or abuse.
Family law cases are overseen by Family Court judges in 71 Kentucky counties and by circuit and district judges in the 49 other counties that don’t have a Family Court.
“These new rules will change the way family law is practiced in Kentucky,” Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. said. “Prior to the Family Court Rules of Practice and Procedure, there were no statewide rules specifically for family law cases, which are among the most sensitive and difficult cases to come before our courts.
“I appreciate the dedication and vision of Justice Mary Noble and all who helped draft these rules.” he said.