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Kentucky Court of Appeals to hear oral arguments at WKU on Aug. 28

Kentucky Court of Appeals Judges (from left) Glenn E. Acree, Donna L. Dixon, Joy A. Moore and Kelly Thompson will hear cases Aug. 28 at WKU’s Mass Media and Technology Hall Auditorium. The court’s proceedings are open to the public.

The Kentucky Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments Tuesday (Aug. 28) at WKU’s Mass Media and Technology Hall Auditorium. Proceedings are open to the public.

A three-judge panel composed of Court of Appeals Chief Judge Glenn E. Acree and Court of Appeals Judges Donna L. Dixon and Joy A. Moore will hear the first case of the day at WKU at 11 a.m., an appeal and cross-appeal from Edmonson County. Judges Dixon and Moore and Court of Appeals Judge Kelly Thompson will hear cases at 1:30 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. at WKU, including a Hardin County appeal in Jose Padilla v Commonwealth of Kentucky, the Kentucky case in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that immigrants are entitled to accurate legal advice about the potential for deportation if they plead guilty to a crime. The Supreme Court remanded the case to Hardin County Circuit Court and Padilla is now appealing the Circuit Court’s decision. (Click here for more on Tuesday’s hearings.)

Nearly all cases heard by the Kentucky Court of Appeals come to it on appeal from a lower court. If a case is tried in Circuit Court or District Court and the losing parties involved are not satisfied with the outcome, they may ask for a higher court to review the correctness of the trial court’s decision. Some cases, such as criminal case acquittals and divorces, may not be appealed. In a divorce case, however, child custody and property rights decisions may be appealed. Cases are not retried in the Court of Appeals. Only the record of the original court trial is reviewed, with attorneys presenting the legal issues to the court for a decision.

Fourteen judges, two elected from seven appellate court districts, serve on the Court of Appeals. The judges are divided into panels of three to review and decide cases, with the majority determining the decision. The panels do not sit permanently in one location, but travel throughout the state to hear cases.

Contact: Jamie Neal, (502) 573-2350, x 50033 or jamieneal@kycourts.net

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