President nominates Minton to federal nonprofit institute

John D. Minton

President Barack Obama nominated Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. of Bowling Green to serve on the board of directors of the State Justice Institute.

The institute is a federal nonprofit corporation that awards grants to improve the quality of justice in state courts and develop solutions to issues faced by courts, according to a news release issued Friday.

“I am honored to be appointed to the SJI board and, if confirmed by the Senate, look forward to working with my future SJI board colleagues to award grants that will have impact at the national, state and local levels,” Minton said in the release.

Minton's nomination must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

The board is comprised of six state court judges, one state court administrator and two members of each major political party to represent the general public.

Minton has served on the Kentucky Supreme Court since 2006 after a stint on Kentucky Court of Appeals. He served as Warren circuit judge from 1992 to 2003. He is a member and president-elect of the Conference of Chief Justices. He is also a member of the board of directors of the National Center for State Courts. Minton is a graduate of Western Kentucky University and University of Kentucky College of Law.


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