Judge Audra J. Eckerle has been a Judge in Louisville for the past 17 years.  She currently presides over Jefferson Circuit Court, Division 7, where she has been honored to serve since her election in 2007.  She also administrated as Chief Regional Judge of Jefferson Circuit Court for a two year term, from 2012 to 2013.  Prior to being elected as a Circuit Court Judge, Judge Eckerle was appointed and elected as a District Court Judge, where she remained for four years.  She also governed as Chief Regional Jefferson District Court Judge during that time.


Prior to her service on the bench, Judge Eckerle practiced law for 13 years.  She had a varied civil and criminal practice, including serving as General Counsel for a publicly-traded, national assisted living company, as an attorney at both large and medium-sized civil firms, and as an assistant county attorney.  She also clerked for a United States District Court Judge in Sacramento, California.


Judge Eckerle graduated from law school at Boalt Hall School of Law, Berkeley, California, where she obtained her Juris Doctorate in 1991.  She served as an Associate Editor of the California Law Review.  She attended college at the University of California, Davis, where she obtained a B.A., summa cum laude, in Political Science in 1988.  Judge Eckerle is a native of Kentucky and attended Sacred Heart Academy in Louisville.  She lives in Jefferson County with her husband, Joe, and their two Irish Setters, Felony & Misdemeanor, as well as two donkeys, three goats, and a bunch of chickens.

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Circuit Court is the court of general jurisdiction that hears civil matters involving more than $5,000, capital offenses and felonies, land dispute title cases and contested probate cases. Circuit Court has the power to issue injunctions, writs of prohibition and writs of mandamus and to hear appeals from District Court and administrative agencies.  In Jefferson County, there are thirteen separate divisions, or courtrooms.  Separate judges preside over each division. 


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