FRANKFORT, Ky. — Pike County Family Court Judge Larry E. Thompson has been elected president of the Kentucky Circuit Judges Association. Judge Thompson was elected to serve as president by his fellow judges at the Circuit Judges College held Sept. 20-24 in Lexington. His term as president is two years. He succeeds Chief Regional Circuit Judge Thomas L. Clark, who serves Fayette County.
“Judge Thompson’s election as head of this important body shows that he is highly regarded and trusted by his fellow circuit judges,” Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Min-ton Jr. said. “I look forward to working with him on issues that are significant to circuit judges and the judiciary as a whole.”
As president of the Circuit Judges Associa-tion, Judge Thomp-son administers the business of the association, which is comprised of the state’s 146 Circuit Court judges. His role as president includes establishing committees and presiding over committee meetings, monitoring legislation affecting the courts, serving as spokesman for the circuit judges and presiding at judicial conferences held for circuit judges.
“I am truly honored to have been selected to serve as president of the Kentucky Circuit Judges Association,” Judge Thom-pson said. “I have the utmost respect for the men and women who serve on the judiciary in Kentucky and look forward to representing them during my term.”
Judge Thompson was elected to serve as a circuit judge for Family Court in 2000. He served as a District Court judge from 1995 to 1999 and was an attorney with Thorns-bury & Thompson in West Virginia from 1987 to 1995. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business admin-istration from Eastern Kentucky Univer-sity and his juris doctor from Northern Kentucky Univer-sity Salmon P. Chase College of Law.
Judge Thompson and his wife, Kelli, reside in Pike-ville. Judge Thompson has two daughters, Larrin and Taryn.
Circuit Court is the court of general jurisdiction in cases involving capital offenses, felonies, land disputes, contested probates of wills, and general civil litigation in disputes involving more than $4,000. A division of Circuit Court, Family Court has primary jurisdiction in cases involving family issues, such as divorces, adoption, child support, domestic violence and juvenile status offenses.
The Administrative Of-fice of the Courts supports the activities of approximately 3,800 Kentucky Court of Justice employees, including the elected offices of justices, judges and circuit court clerks.