2nd Appellate District Division 2

Judge Easton was elected to the Court of Appeals, Division 2 of District 2, in November 2022.  Before election to the Court of Appeals, Judge Easton served as a circuit judge for the Hardin Circuit Court for over 22 years.  He served as the Chief Regional Circuit Judge of the Green River Region for 19 years. 

After spending the first part of his childhood in Larue County, Judge Easton has lived in Hardin County since, except for living in Louisville for two years.  Judge Easton earned a B.A. degree with a double major in Political Science and Psychology at the University of Kentucky (one year at Elizabethtown Community College), graduating Phi Beta Kappa.  After completing a graduate course as an English Speaking Union summer scholar at Oxford University in England, he attended the University of Kentucky, College of Law, graduating Order of the Coif.

Judge Easton practiced law in Louisville and Hardin County, including service as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney.  In 2000, he was appointed as the first judge of Division III of the Hardin Circuit Court.  As a circuit judge, Judge Easton participated as a drug court and mental health court judge.  For the last few years of his circuit court service, Judge Easton served as chairperson of the Circuit Judges Education Committee.  In addition to distinguished alumni awards, Judge Easton was chosen for the Distinguished Judge Award for 2021 by the Kentucky Bar Association.

An avid historian, Judge Easton is involved with various non-profit organizations, such as the Hardin County History Museum and the restoration of the Joseph Holt Home in Breckinridge County.  Judge Easton uses his truly amateur acting skills portraying Joseph Holt, President James Buchanan, and others who once lived in Elizabethtown, currently portraying President Buchanan in a summer historical walking tour.

Judge Easton is a member of the Valley View Baptist Church in Vine Grove, where he has served as a trustee, deacon, moderator, committee chairperson, Bible study teacher, and a tenor in the choir.  ​

Kentucky Court of Appeals
Hardin County Justice Center
120 E. Dixie Ave.
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
Phone: 270-766-3496