Circuit Judge C.A. “Woody” Woodall III announced Monday that he will be retiring effective Jan. 31.

Woodall was first elected as circuit judge of the 56th Judicial Circuit, consisting of Caldwell, Livingston, Lyon and Trigg counties, beginning Jan. 1, 2007. The 56th Judicial Circuit with a single circuit judge has become one of the busiest circuits and, in fact, the last three years, the busiest circuit on a per-judge caseload basis in the commonwealth of Kentucky.

“I have been honored to serve the litigating public for 15 years. It has been a challenging time with the number of cases and with the changes brought about by the coronavirus,” said Woodall.

“Being circuit judge is far from a one person job. I could not have done the job at all without the help of my administrative assistant, Kathy Wallace, Judge Redd and Judge White and the circuit clerks in all four counties and their staff, as well as the lawyers who practice in the 56th Circuit.”

Woodall said he has no specific plans for retirement other than having more personal time to spend with family and friends.

He will continue to serve with the permission of Chief Justice John Minton until the vacancy is filled by Gov. Andy Beshear from a list of three nominees by the Judicial Nominating Commission.

Woodall was the fifth circuit judge in the 56th Judicial Circuit following Edward H. Johnstone, J.O. Hardin Jr., Willard B. Paxton, and Bill Cunningham.