Voters in Kentucky will select nine new judges in next year's elections.
The positions were created by the Kentucky General Assembly earlier this year.
Secretary of State Spokesman Les Fugate said the filing period for the positions opens Jan. 2, and closes on Jan. 30.
Fugate said district judges will serve until 2010 and circuit judges will serve until 2014.
The counties affected are: Allen, Boone, Bourbon, Breathitt, Clark, Gallatin, Hardin, Hopkins, Madison, Powell, Russell, Scott, Simpson, Warren, Wayne, Wolfe and Woodford.