|Current Court Information:|
|Kentucky Supreme Court|
|Title: || Deputy chief justice|
|Active: || 2006-2016|
|Past position: || Judge, Kentucky Circuit Court 22|
|Past term: || 1991-2006|
|Past position 2: || Domestic relations commissioner, Fayette Circuit Court, Third Division|
|Past term 2: || 1988-1991|
|Born: || 1949|
|Undergraduate: || Austin Peay State University, 1971|
|Law School: || University of Kentucky College of Law, 1981|
|Grad. School: || Austin Peay State University, 1975|
Mary C. Noble serves as deputy chief justice of the supreme court in Kentucky. She was elected to the court in November 2006 to fill a vacancy, and was re-elected to an eight-year term in 2008 that expires in 2016. Noble holds the 5th Supreme Court District seat, representing the counties of: Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Jessamine, Madison, Mercer, Scott and Woodford.
On June 8, 2011, Noble became the first woman in the history of the Kentucky Supreme Court to preside over a hearing. Noble said, "Most women today probably have more freedom to choose than they've ever had. But we still have very limited opportunity in leadership positions in the government and in business. So, when something like this happens, it's a milestone."
Noble earned a B.A. and M.A. from Austin Peay State University, in 1971 and 1975, respectively. She was awarded a J.D., in 1981, from the University of Kentucky, College of Law.
Awards and associations
- Member and past president, National Association of Drug Court Professionals Congress of State Drug Courts
- Member, Board of National Association of Drug Court Professionals
Noble ran unopposed and was retained by voters in 2008.
- See also: Kentucky Supreme Court elections
- See also: Political outlook of State Supreme Court Justices
In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Noble received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.12, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is more liberal than the average CF score of 0.17 that justices received in Kentucky. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Official biography of Justice Noble
- ↑ Kentucky Supreme Court election results, November 2008
- ↑ "Kentucky Court of Justice, "Resources, Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Districts map," accessed April 8, 2014
- ↑ Kentucky.com, "Justice Noble to be 1st woman to preside at Ky. Supreme Court hearing," June 7, 2011
- ↑ Kentucky Public Radio, "History Made in High Court," June 8, 2011
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Project Vote Smart, Justice Mary C. Noble (KY)
- ↑ Kentucky Secretary of State, 2008 General Election Results
- ↑ Kentucky Secretary of States, 2006 General Election Results
- ↑ Stanford University, "State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns," October 31, 2012