The Honorable Michael Dixon made history Dec. 28 by becoming the first 13th District family court judge when he was sworn in at a ceremony in the Jessamine County circuit courtroom.
Family Court is a relatively new concept that was created by a constitutional amendment in 2002.
The court's hefty workload includes all divorce, domestic violence, custody, property division, dependence abuse cases and all cases involving juveniles. Prior to Dixon's swearing in, multiple judges oversaw the many different cases.
"It's going to be a tremendous improvement over the present system," Dixon said. "It's got great potential."
The streamlining of the court system will allow the same judge to hear all matters that may arise involving a particular family, providing consistency for the parents and children and eliminating time-consuming explanations of background details.
"That's the primary philosophy behind what (Kentucky Chief Justice) Judge (Joseph) Lambert did," Dixon said. "Instead of having them split, one judge hears all of that, (and) they know the whole family and all of the problems."