In 1801, the General Assembly approved an act clarifying the relationship between sheriffs and justices of the peace. We have transcribed this act below.
The Statute Law of Kentucky by William Littell, Esquire, Volume II, pages 447-8; 1810
An ACT concerning Justice of the Peace who may accept the office of Sheriff or Coroner.
Approved December 18, 1801
WHEREAS it is represented to this present general assembly, that doubts have arisen, whether or not a justice of the peace who may accept the office of sheriff, is entitled to his seat in the county court after the expiration of his office as sheriff: for explanation thereof,
Sec.1. Be it enacted by the general assembly, That all justices of the peace who shall accept of the office of sheriff, shall be disqualified from holding or exercising the office of a justice of the peace, unless re-commissioned agreeable to the constitution.
Sec.2. And be it further enacted, That no person while he holds the office of a justice of the peace, or of the court of quarter sessions, shall be capable of acting. as a coroner in any county within this commonwealth.
This act shall be in force from its passage.
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