By C. Josh Givens
The Kentucky Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments on July 12 at the Hancock County Judicial Center in a case originating in Bardstown.
The case involves the Bardstown Historic District and the Review Board, and questions over what powers the entity has to order non-historic property owners to make alterations to their structures.
The case involves Nelson County realtor Donna Molyneaux versus the City of Bardstown.
The three-judge panel will consist of Presiding Judge Kelly Thompson of Bowling Green, Associate Judge Donna L. Dixon of Paducah, and Associate Judge Allison E. Jones of Oldham County.
Jones is a native of Hancock County, and was first elected to Division 1 of the 6th District in 2014. She is a 1993 graduate of Hancock County High School and received her juris doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law. She received her undergraduate degree from Transylvania University.
She has previous experience as an administrative law judge for the Commonwealth, as well as working as a
She has previous experience as an administrative law judge for the Commonwealth, as well as working as astaff attorney for the U.S. Distrcit Court for Western District of Kentucky. She also clerked for U.S. District Court Judge John G. Heyburn II.
The Kentucky Court of Appeals was established in 1976, comprised of 14 judges who sit in three-judge panels to hear cases. The panels rotate on a monthly basis – and though the court has a dedicated courtroom in Frankfort – the Court continues the tradition of holding oral arguments throughout the state.
Arguments are open to the public.
“(Arguments held locally) are an excellent opportunity for the community to see how the appellate practice works in real life,” Jones said in a letter to the Clarion.
Judge Thompson said this will be the second time he has conducted oral arguments in Hancock County, and that he spoke briefly during the dedication of the Judicial Center.
Oral arguments in the case will begin at 1 p.m. The case originated in 2021.