Arkansas Supreme Court Chief Justice addresses Batesville Rotary Club

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The Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court, John Dan Kemp, was in Batesville Monday to address the Batesville Rotary Club.

Kemp told of his journey to the Chief Justice seat on the state’s highest court, and some improvements that have recently been made in the court system.

Among those was a strategic plan from the Arkansas Judiciary that was developed by a committee of 25, including Chief Justice Kemp. When completed it was entitled: “Delivering Justice: A Vision for 2025.”

Kemp provided copies of the plan to members of the Rotary Club. The plan sets out where the state wants the courts to be in 2025, and how to get there.

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To read a copy of the strategic plan, Delivering Justice:  A Vision for 2025, click here.

Among the goals in the plan was “Judicial Independence.” He told the Rotarians of what almost happened two years ago when some members of the Arkansas Legislature proposed setting the rules for the Arkansas Supreme Court rather than the Arkansas Supreme Court itself.

Chief Justice Kemp also told club members about on-going efforts to update the court’s software system for case management that is now 15 years old.

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