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Public can watch as Supreme Court of Kentucky hears state employee pension case Sept. 20

Supreme Court of Kentucky

There will be several ways for the public to view oral arguments when the Supreme Court of Kentucky hears the state employee pension case at 10 a.m. ET Thursday, Sept. 20.

The case is Matthew G. Bevin, In His Official Capacity as Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Et Al. V. Commonwealth of Kentucky Ex Rel. Andy Beshear, Attorney General, Et Al.

Due to interest in the case about retirement benefits for state and county workers and public school teachers, the Supreme Court has partnered with KET to broadcast the proceedings on KY KET, KET’s KY Channel, which is available in most of the state. KET will also livestream the proceedings at www.ket.org/legislature.

A replay of the hearing will be available on KET’s website.

The Supreme Court will also live-stream the proceedings, per its usual practice of livestreaming all oral arguments. Oral arguments are available through the Supreme Court online as they occur in real time and are not archived online.

Proceedings are open to the public, but there are only 140 seats in the Supreme Court Courtroom for those who want to attend in person. The seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis for what is expected to be an hour-long hearing. The courtroom doors will open at 8:30 a.m. ET Thursday.

Both sides in the pension case have filed legal briefs, which are available on the Kentucky Court of Justice website.

The Supreme Court is the state court of last resort and the final interpreter of Kentucky law. Seven justices sit on the Supreme Court and all seven justices rule on appeals that come before the court. The justices are elected from seven appellate districts and serve eight-year terms.

A chief justice, chosen for a four-year term by fellow justices, is the administrative head of the state’s court system and is responsible for its operation. The Supreme Court may order a ruling or opinion to be published, which means that the ruling becomes the case law governing all similar cases in the future in Kentucky.

(provided by Supreme Court of Kentucky)

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