Assistant Graves County Attorney Scott R. Robbins has announced his intention to run for the office of Graves County District Court Judge in the November 2022 election. Current District Judge Deborah Crooks plans to retire at the end of her current term.

Robbins is a fifth generation attorney in Graves County. He was preceded by his great-great-grandfather J.E. Robbins, who served as circuit judge in Graves County in the late 1890s and early 1900s. His great-great-uncle Guy Robbins practiced law in the 1920s, and his grandfather, Farland Robbins, served as Graves County Attorney and practiced law from 1936 until his death in 1990.

Scott Robbins’ father, Gayle Robbins, is also a former Graves County Attorney who practiced law from 1973 until his retirement in December 2018.

Scott Robbins is a 1992 Mayfield High School graduate. He attended Murray State University, where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and Pi Signma Alpha political science honor society. At MSU, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1996, then attended the Louis D. Brandeis College of Law at the University of Louisville where he graduated in 1999 with a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree.

He began his legal career clerking for the late Rick Johnson in the Kentucky Court of Appeals. Robbins has served as the Assistant Graves County Attorney since 2002, where he has prosecuted traffic, criminal and juvenile cases in district court. He has also directed the local child support division of the county attorney’s office.

Robbins has also worked in the Commonwealth’s Attorney office under Graves County Commonwealth’s Attorney Richie Kemp. In addition to prosecuting felony DUI and drug cases, Robbins was instrumental in implementing the “Rocket Rocket” program where defendants are assured treatment for drug addiction and are moved on a faster path through the court system, resulting in significant savings for Graves County’s residents.

Robbins said he believes his 19 years prosecuting more than 80,000 cases in Graves District Court uniquely provides him experience to serve as district judge.

“It has been a lifelong goal and dream to be a judge. With Judge Crooks impending retirement, it seems the timing is perfect for me to try to attain that goal,” he said. “Having served as Assistant Graves County Attorney since 2002, I feel confident saying that, other than Judge Crooks, no one has spent more time in Graves District Court than I have in those 19 years.

“That amount of courtroom experience has given me the understanding and practical knowledge of what it takes to effectively be the district judge and I believe that makes me the best candidate for the job,” Robbins added.

Aside from his legal work, Robbins has served on the J.U. Kevil Memorial Foundation Board of Directors and Annie Gardner Foundation. Additionally, he has volunteered to train high school students enrolled in the Graves County “Teen Court” program.

He is married to his wife of 16 years, Emily, who is a speech language pathologist for the Mayfield Independent School District. They have two children, Gray, 14, and Sadie, 12, who attend Mayfield schools.

Robbins said he is looking forward to campaigning and meeting people throughout Mayfield and Graves County in the coming months.