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Who Should You Vote For? When Is The Election? Who Are My Candidates? This Voters Guide Is Provided By Judge Sean Delahanty To Help You Vote On November 6, 2018.

District Court Information

District Court is divided into Divisions.  All voters vote in all divisions and each of the numbered divisions serve all of Louisville.

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Kentucky District Courts are trial courts of limited jurisdiction in Kentucky. Matters heard by the district courts include city and county ordinance violations, juvenile matters, traffic offenses, misdemeanors, probate, preliminary felony hearings, small claims and civil cases involving $4,000 or less. Along with the family courts, the district courts hear cases of domestic violence. Appeals may be heard by the Kentucky Circuit Courts.
There are 60 judicial districts in Kentucky, served by 116 judges. These judges are chosen in nonpartisan elections and serve four-year terms. In the event of midterm vacancies, the governor may appoint a replacement from a list of candidates recommended by the Kentucky Judicial Nominating Commission.
Jefferson County is the 30th district in Kentucky.  The 30th District is divided into divisions. Sean Delahanty is the Division Six Judge and was first elected in 1989.

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What is Arraignment Court

An arraignment in Arraignment Court is a court proceeding at which a criminal defendant is formally advised of the charges against him and is asked to enter a plea to the charges. In many states, the court may also decide at arraignment whether the defendant will be released pending trial.

The Arraignment Process

Arraignment is the initial court hearing whereby a person charged with a crime is advised of his or her criminal charges. Additionally, the person will be advised of his or her constitutional rights and their first pre-trial or probable cause hearing date. The court will set bond and any accompanying conditions. For example, someone may be released on his or her own recognizance (R.O.R.) but prohibited from contact with the alleged victim or place of the violation. Those defendants with some form of suspended or probated sentences may also expect to be served with written notice of the prosecutor’s intent to seek revocation of that jail sentence. For those facing felony charges who are not released or do not post bond, the prosecutor must provide a preliminary or probable cause hearing on or before the 10th day after arraignment, excluding weekends and holidays. Those individuals who are charged with a felony and released from jail are entitled to a probable cause hearing within 20 days of their arraignment, again excluding weekends and holidays.
If the person is in custody, his or her arraignment will be held at the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections. You will not be permitted inside the secure courtroom; however, the court has set up a room for relatives and interested parties to watch the arraignment on a closed-circuit two-way television system. When your friend or loved one appears before the judge, you may appear at a lectern that has a two-way camera with the judge. The judge may ask you questions regarding the defendant’s living arrangements, ties to the community, employment and other information the court may be interested in securing to determine an appropriate bond or conditions for release.

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Kentucky Courts

 

 District Court

District Court is the court of limited jurisdiction and handles juvenile matters, city and county ordinances, misdemeanors, violations, traffic offenses, probate of wills, arraignments, felony probable cause hearings, small claims involving $2,500 or less, civil cases involving $5,000 or less, voluntary and involuntary mental commitments and cases relating to domestic violence and abuse. District judges serve four-year terms.

 Circuit Court

Circuit Court is the court of general jurisdiction that hears civil matters involving more than $5,000, capital offenses and felonies, land dispute title cases and contested probate cases. Circuit Court has the power to issue injunctions, writs of prohibition and writs of mandamus and to hear appeals from District Court and administrative agencies.

As a division of Circuit Court with general jurisdiction, the family court division of Circuit Court further retains primary jurisdiction in cases involving dissolution of marriage; child custody; visitation; maintenance and support; equitable distribution of property in dissolution cases; adoption; and, termination of parental rights. In addition to general jurisdiction of Circuit Court, the family court division of Circuit Court, concurrent with the District Court, has jurisdiction over proceedings involving domestic violence and abuse; the Uniform Act on Paternity and the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act; dependency, neglect, and abuse; and, juvenile status offenses.

One judge may serve more than one county within a circuit. Some circuits contain only one county but have several judges, depending on population and caseload. Circuit judges serve in eight-year terms.

Family Court

Family Court provides one judge to hear all of a family’s issues relating to divorce, child custody, adoption, termination of parental rights, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect. Because Family Court is devoted exclusively to cases involving families and children, these cases do not compete with criminal and other civil cases for court time.

Family Court is a division of Circuit Court, Kentucky’s highest trial court level, and employs full-time judges with the same qualifications as those who serve other divisions of Circuit Court. Family Court currently serves more than 3.2 million Kentuckians in 71 counties.

 

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2018 District Court Primary Results

The May election typically decides who a party’s candidate will be for the general election.  As judicial races are nonpartisan, political party is not considered, the primary simply narrows the choice down to the top two candidates by votes. In Division 6 there were three candidates.  While Judge Delahanty received the most votes this only qualified Judge Delahanty and Prosecutor Lisa Langford as the two official candidates for the November election.

District Court Division 6

Voters are presented with a choice between Sean Delahanty who has been a judge for over twenty years and prior to that served as a defense attorney or a career prosecutor Lisa Langford.

Choice   Votes Percent
Alexander ‘Alex’ GADDIS 14,867 16.14%
Sean R. DELAHANTY 42,308 45.93%
Lisa L. LANGFORD 34,946 37.93%
Total 92,121

Additionally two other District Court Divisions were voted on in the May primary election.

District Court Divisions 9th and 3rd

In the 9th Division Daniel ‘Danny’ Alvarez received the most votes followed by Tanisha Ann Hickerson. Tragically Danny Alvarez passed away. This means Tanisha Hickerson will run unopposed in Division 9.

Choice   Votes Percent
Tanisha Ann HICKERSON 22,470 24.05%
Karen E. FAULKNER 22,453 24.03%
Daniel ‘Danny’ ALVAREZ 28,694 30.71%
Andre L. BERGERON 19,830 21.22%
Total 93,447

Tracy Davis and Kristina Garvey received the most votes for the 3rd Division of District Court and will be the candidates this November.

Choice   Votes Percent
Kristina GARVEY 36,480 40.51%
Tracy DAVIS 29,770 33.06%
James Michael ‘Jim’ GREEN 23,799 26.43%
Total 90,049

 

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The current 2018 Jefferson County District Court Judges in Louisville, KY’s 30th District are
Division 1: Annette Karem
Division 2: Amber B. Wolf
Division 3: Sandra L. McLaughlin
Division 4: Todd Hollenbach
Division 5: Jennifer Leibson
Division 6: Sean R. Delahanty
Division 7: Jennifer Bryant Wilcox
Division 8: David P. Bowles
Division 9: Andre L. Bergeron
Division 10: Sara Michael Nicholson
Division 11: Jessica Moore
Division 12: Eric Haner
Division 13: Anne Delahanty
Division 14: Stephanie Pearce Burke
Division 15: Anne Haynie
Division 16: Katie King
Division 17: Erica Lee Williams

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Complete list of candidates for District Court Judges in Louisville.  Voters will pick one candidate per division.  Sean Delahanty is the District Court Judge in Division Six.  Division six candidates are in bold below.  Candidates who filed for District Court with the Secretary of State’s office were:

Louisville District Court Candidates
Annette Karem 1804 Aberdeen Drive
Louisville, KY 40205
District Judge 30th/1st Nonpartisan
Amber B. Wolf 317 Winton Ave.
Louisville, KY 40206
District Judge 30th/2nd Nonpartisan
Tracy Davis 3701 Terrace Hills Drive, #203
Louisville, KY 40245
District Judge 30th/3rd Nonpartisan
Kristina Garvey 3713 Hillsboro Rd.
Louisville, KY 40207
District Judge 30th/3rd Nonpartisan
L. J. “Todd” Hollenbach IV. 317 Jarvis Lane
Louisville, KY 40207
District Judge 30th/4th Nonpartisan
Julie Kaelin 1404 Debarr Street
Louisville, KY 40204
District Judge 30th/4th Nonpartisan
Jennifer H. Leibson 7607 Old Orchard Ct.
Louisville, KY 40222
District Judge 30th/5th Nonpartisan
Sean R. Delahanty 1381 Tyler Park Drive
Louisville, KY 40204
District Judge 30th/6th Nonpartisan
Lisa L. Langford 6601 Ken Carla Drive
Prospect, KY 40059
District Judge 30th/6th Nonpartisan
Jennifer Bryant Wilcox 1104 Colonel Anderson Parkway
Louisville, KY 40222
District Judge 30th/7th Nonpartisan
David Paul Bowles 3629 Kelly Way
Louisville, KY 40220
District Judge 30th/8th Nonpartisan
Daniel “Danny” Alvarez 2326 Stannye Drive
Louisville, KY 40222
District Judge 30th/9th Nonpartisan
Tanisha Ann Hickerson 4618 Wooded Oak Circle
Louisville, KY 40245
District Judge 30th/9th Nonpartisan
Sara Michael Nicholson 302 Coralberry Road
Louisville, KY 40207
District Judge 30th/10th Nonpartisan
Jessica Ann Moore 3044 Bardstown Rd.
#109
Louisville, KY 40205
District Judge 30th/11th Nonpartisan
Eric Haner 2047 Sherwood Ave.
Louisville, KY 40205
District Judge 30th/12th Nonpartisan
Anne Delahanty 2863 Regan Road
Louisville, KY 40206
District Judge 30th/13th Nonpartisan
Stephanie Pearce Burke 212 Bellemeade Road
Louisville, KY 40222
District Judge 30th/14th Nonpartisan
Anne Haynie P.O. Box 262
Prospect, KY 40059
District Judge 30th/15th Nonpartisan
Katie King 3400 Dutchmans Lane
Louisville, KY 40205
District Judge 30th/16th Nonpartisan
Erica Lee Williams 11106 Rock Bend Way
Louisville, KY 40241
District Judge 30th/17th Nonpartisan
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