Judiciary Committee, Kentucky General Assembly

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The Judiciary Committee is an interim joint committee of the Kentucky General Assembly.

To provide a continuity of study and action between sessions, interim joint committees are formed from the standing committees of both houses. For instance, the Education Committee of the Senate and the Education Committee of the House become the Interim Joint Committee on Education after the regular session.

Interim committees, besides discussing and studying issues in-depth, draft and approve bills for prefiling for the next regular session. This enables bills to be introduced at the beginning of the session and standing committees to become active immediately. All interim committees, which are actually subcommittees of the Legislative Research Commission (LRC), are open to the public and the press so the people have an opportunity to express views on areas the proposed legislation will affect.[1][2]


The Judiciary Committee studies "matters pertaining to contracts; the Uniform Commercial Code; debtor-creditor relations; ownership and conveyance of property; private corporations and associations; competency proceedings; administration of trusts and estates of persons under disability; descent, wills, and administration of decedent's estates; domestic relations; adoption; abortion; support of dependents; statutory actions and limitations; eminent domain; arbitration; summary proceedings; declaratory judgments; witnesses evidence; legal notices; construction of statutes; civil procedure; the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, Circuit Courts, and District Courts; jurisdiction, rule, terms, judges, commissioners, selections, districts, qualifications, compensations, and retirement; clerk of court; juries; attorneys; commissioners and receivers; court reporters; habeas corpus; crimes and punishments; controlled substances offenses; driving under the influence; criminal procedure; probation and parole; correctional penitentiaries and private prisons; civil rights; and juvenile matters."[3]


2015 legislative session

The following table describes committee membership for the 2015 legislative session.

Judiciary Members, 2015
Democratic members (14)Republican members (16)
John Tilley, Co-ChairWhitney Westerfield, Co-Chair
Johnny BellSuzanne Miles
Kelly FloodJeffrey Hoover
Joni JenkinsThomas Kerr
Mary MarzianStan Lee
Darryl OwensRyan Quarles
Thomas RinerKen Upchurch
Brent YontsJoseph Fischer
Perry ClarkJohn Schickel
Ray JonesDan Seum
Robin WebbRobert Stivers
Chris HarrisDanny Carroll
Reginald MeeksCarroll Gibson
Gerald WatkinsAlice Forgy Kerr
Wil Schroder
Robert Benvenuti III


The following table describes committee membership for the 2011 legislative session.


The following table describes committee membership for the 2009 legislative session.


  • Subcommittee on the Penal Code and Controlled Substance Act

External links


  1. Kentucky State Legislature, "Interim Committees," accessed January 31, 2014
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  3. Kentucky State Legislature, "Judiciary Committee," accessed January 31, 2014