End of senior judge program crowds dockets in Ky

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BURLINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky is scrapping a program to relieve backlogged court dockets across the state, potentially putting the brakes on everything from capital murder cases to civil lawsuits.

The program sent retired judges to courts around Kentucky where they were needed. Now, it's being phased out, and some jurists fear that they may never get ahead of large workloads.

Judge Tony Frolich told The Kentucky Enquirer that he's taken breaks in trials to keep the other items on his docket moving.

The program was meant to tackle congested dockets when tight budgets prevented the creation of new judgeships. Kentucky compensated judges in the senior status program through enhanced retirement benefits.

Concerns have been raised about the cost of the program, but it is unclear why it wasn't renewed last year.

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