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July 18, 2013

Maguire reflects on nearly three decades on the bench


Somerset —

  Maguire’s long career in the courtroom was a satisfying experience.
  "I am blessed to have had the opportunity to serve as both a District and Family Court judge and I sincerely hope I have been able to help others in at least some small way through my many years of judicial service," Maguire said. "Serving as Family Court judge was one of the most demanding, rewarding and, at the same time, frustrating challenges and opportunities of my judicial career.” 
  Family Court is designed with the primary purpose of helping and protecting children and families — a daunting challenge in today's world of addiction, domestic violence and excessive government dependency, Maguire reiterated.
  The retired judge emphasized he could not have been successful without his support staff of Dianna Swartz, Sherri Bennett, and Caron White.
  “To the so very many people who have helped, supported and voted for me over the years, I can only say thank you from the very bottom of my heart. I especially want to thank the outstanding law enforcement officers and circuit court clerks with whom I have worked, and former longtime Pulaski County Attorney Fred Neikirk.”
  Maguire was first elected to the bench in 1977 as one of the state's original 113 District Court judges after the 1975 enactment of the Judicial Article that created Kentucky's unified court system that exists today. He served as a district court judge for Pulaski and Rockcastle counties and was the last of the original District Court judges still serving as a district judge when he retired in 2004. He went on to be elected in 2006 as the Family Court judge for Lincoln, Pulaski and Rockcastle counties.
  “Judge Maguire's daily presence and influence will not only be missed by the bench and bar, but also by the countless families who respected his learned and wise counsel during crisis and complex proceedings,” said Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey T. Burdette, who also serves Lincoln, Pulaski and Rockcastle counties and is chief regional circuit judge for the Cumberland Region. “We will honor him in retirement by looking to make sure those cases get timely attention during the transition. As a fellow judge, Judge Maguire is a friend and confidant who watched over me as a young attorney and I am grateful for his many years of dedicated leadership. His place in Kentucky's judicial history is significant.”

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