Local district judge learns about new interlock ignition law at annual District Judges College

Some local district court judges recently got a refresher on handling DUI cases and other matters at the 2016 District Judges College at Lake Cumberland State Resort Park in Jamestown.

The following local judges participated in the refresher courses:

Crittenden Union and Webster counties District Court Judge Daniel M. Heady

Daviess County District Court Judge David C. Payne

Henderson County district Court Judge Charles R. McCollom III

Hopkins County District Court Judges David G. Massamore and William R. Whitledge

The college included 20.5 hours of continuing judicial education credit for the district judges and featured a national expert on the ignition interlock device, drug recognition experts from the Jeffersontown Police Department and the Kentucky State Police, and the Kentucky Traffic Safety Resource prosecutor and district judges. The DUI sessions covered field sobriety tests, drug recognition, evidence-based sentencing, the KSP toxicology lab and DUI-related stops by law enforcement.

There was also a presentation on Kentucky Specialty Courts, a program comprised of Drug Court, DUI Court, Mental Health Court and Veterans Treatment Court. Other sessions focused on accounting measures for probate and guardianship cases, eFiling and new technology, resources available through the state Department of Public Advocacy and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, media relations, new case law and legislation, and civil protective orders like domestic violence orders.

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