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District Court Judges Kimberly W. Shumate and John D. Simcoe, who serve Hardin County, and C. Derek Reed, who serves Hart and LaRue counties, participated in the 2012 Kentucky District Judges College, Sept. 16 through 19 at Lake Barkley State Park in Cadiz. The Administrative Office of the Courts provided the judicial education program for the state’s district court judges. The program included 19 hours of continuing education credit for judges.
The judges received updates on case law and legislation and attended sessions on best practices, technology, probate, extradition and cyberstalking. They also heard from Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. about the work of the Kentucky Access to Justice Commission, which was formed to identify the most pressing legal needs of those unable to afford lawyers and create a statewide plan to address those needs.
The college also included sessions on substance abuse issues, including courses about ignition interlock devices, drug testing and the Intoxilyzer equipment used statewide for breath-alcohol testing.