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A Day In the Life of Judge Walton:
A typical workday in District Court is described just to let the voters know that the work of Judge Walton is not unlike the busy workday of most hard working people.
7:30-7:45 a.m. - Arrive at office in Fleming County Courthouse.
7:30/7:45-8:30 a.m. - Review with secretary Brenda Donahue administrative matters, phone messages, mail and outgoing correspondence, sign court orders, criminal summons and arrest warrants, project planning, confirm scheduled jury trials, set bail upon pre-trial review for overnight arrests.
8:00/8:30 a.m. - Leave for Maysville on Mondays and Wednesdays for 9:00 a.m. court and first and third Fridays in Maysville for 8:30 a.m. court; leave for Brooksville on Tuesday for 9:00 a.m. court. Remain in Flemingsburg on Thursdays and second Fridays for court beginning at 9:00 a.m. Fourth and fifth Fridays are reserved for jury trials.
9:00 a.m. (“morning court”) - District Court traffic, misdemeanor and felony cases called for arraignment, pre-trial conferences, discovery status, preliminary hearings, suppression hearings, trials, probation hearings and show cause hearings for unpaid fines and court costs. Depending upon the number of cases and trials the “morning” court may continue until the early afternoon, sometimes as late as 2:30 p.m.
1:00/2:00 p.m. (“afternoon court”) - domestic violence, landlord-tenant, probate, civil, child support collection, and juvenile cases.
The “afternoon cases” are not usually reported in the court news yet these cases require as much or time than the “morning” traffic and criminal cases. The juvenile cases especially require more time and attention because of the serious nature of each case and due to the greater number of people involved with each juvenile case.
The length of time required for the afternoon session varies from two or three hours to as long as five or six hours. The workday is not completed until all cases have been called and given an ample and fair hearing. Even after the last case is called the remaining paper work for the afternoon session may require an additional hour or more of time to complete.
The work of the District Judge is not finished at the end of the workday. After hours, weekends and holidays require immediate and decisive attention to pre-trial review for setting bail, emergency protective orders in domestic violence cases, emergency mental health orders for involuntary hospitalization, search warrants, arrest warrants, emergency orders for protection of abused or neglected children.
There is more. Judge Walton is a member of a very successful working group of school personnel, mental health counselors, social service workers, juvenile probation case workers, Court Designated Worker, Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), County Attorneys, Commonwealth’s Attorney, law enforcement and other people or organizations concerned about school safety, truancy and other matters of concern pertaining to the local school systems.
The working group known as the Juvenile Advisory Group (JAG) in Mason and Bracken Counties meet during the school year on the first Wednesday of each month at 8:00 a.m.; the group in Fleming County known as Professionals Assisting in Student Success (PASS) meets on the third Thursday of each month at 8:00 a.m.