Thorn v. Commonwealth of Kentucky and Shirley Robinson, 181 SW3d 560 (Ky.App., 2005)

Thorn v. Commonwealth of Kentucky and Shirley Robinson,
181 SW3d 560 (Ky.App., 2005)
Appeals from Family Court are to be taken to Court of Appeals.

Appeals from Family Court are to be taken to Court of Appeals. KRS 620.155 is
intended for use in counties that do not have a family court. When two statutes are in conflict, they are to be construed to give meaning to both.

In this case, the underlying action was pending in a Family Court from the custody of the maternal great-grandmother based on a finding of neglect and placed into the custody of his paternal grandmother. The paternal grandmother appealed to Circuit Court, which reversed the Family Court, but then vacated its judgment for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.

The Court of Appeals held that the Circuit Court properly declined subject matter jurisdiction to hear the appeal.

When two statutes are in seeming conflict, courts are to construe the statutes so as to give meaning to both.