Local/Regional News
5:33 am
Fri October 3, 2008

Courthouse Construction Design Program Draws Scrutiny from KY Supreme Court Justice

Frankfort, KY – The Administrative Office of the Courts is engaged in an ambitious effort to build 70 judicial centers across the state. But the Lexington Herald-Leader recently questioned the need for some of the projects and the 880-million dollar price tag. Now, Chief Justice John Minton is calling for more oversight of the building program. I think it's important at this juncture that there be some adjustments made that would make sure that the public, that we all serve, continues to have confidence in the way we do our work.

Minton wants more transparency and says he will ask State Auditor Crit LuAllen to take a closer look at the projects. He also wants the public to be able to track project expenditures on the Internet. He made his comments to an oversight committee that later gave the green light to multi-million dollar courthouse projects in Breckenridge, Fleming and Pike counties.