Commonwealth Policy Center

There are two constitutional amendments on Kentucky’s November 3rd ballot. One proposes to increase the term of District Court Judges from four years to eight years and the term of Commonwealth’s Attorneys from six years to eight years. It would also increase the required legal experience of District Judges to eight years. While more legal experiences for judges is a good thing, the amendment, sacrifices the rights of citizens to hold our elected judges accountable every four years. The proposal comes on the heels of Kenton County District Judge Dawn Gentry’s scandal involving sexual and judicial misconduct as well as campaign finance violations. Elected judges should come before the voters for their approval or disapproval and this amendment takes voters out of the picture for a longer period than they should be.