Mary Noble

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Mary Noble
Court Information:
Kentucky Supreme Court
Title:   Deputy chief justice
Salary:  $136,000
Active:   2006-2016
Past position:   Judge, Kentucky Circuit Court 22
Past term:   1991-2006
Past position 2:   Domestic relations commissioner, Fayette Circuit Court, Third Division
Past term 2:   1988-1991
Personal History
Born:   1949
Undergraduate:   Austin Peay State University, 1971
Law School:   University of Kentucky College of Law, 1981
Grad. School:   Austin Peay State University, 1975

Mary C. Noble serves as deputy chief justice of the supreme court in Kentucky. She was elected to the court in November 2006 to fill a vacancy, and was re-elected to an eight-year term in 2008 that expires in 2016.[1][2] Noble holds the 5th Supreme Court District seat, representing the counties of: Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Jessamine, Madison, Mercer, Scott and Woodford.[3]

On June 8, 2011, Noble became the first woman in the history of the Kentucky Supreme Court to preside over a hearing.[4] Noble said, "Most women today probably have more freedom to choose than they've ever had. But we still have very limited opportunity in leadership positions in the government and in business. So, when something like this happens, it's a milestone."[5]


Noble earned a B.A. and M.A. from Austin Peay State University, in 1971 and 1975, respectively. She was awarded a J.D., in 1981, from the University of Kentucky, College of Law.[6]


Awards and associations

  • Member and past president, National Association of Drug Court Professionals Congress of State Drug Courts
  • Member, Board of National Association of Drug Court Professionals[1]



Noble ran unopposed and was retained by voters in 2008.[7]

See also: Kentucky Supreme Court elections


Candidate IncumbentSeatElection %
Mary Noble ApprovedA 5th District59.6%
John Roach 5th District40.4%


Political outlook

See also: Political outlook of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Noble received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.12, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is more liberal than the average CF score of 0.17 that justices received in Kentucky. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[9]

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