Courts in Kentucky
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Kentucky is divided into 60 judicial districts, each having at least one District Court. Kentucky's District Courts hear cases related to torts, contracts, real property, and probate/estates. Kentucky's Circuit Courts also have jurisdiction for these types of cases. District Courts are the only courts that handle mental health and small claims cases, and Kentucky's Circuit Courts also exclusively handles civil appeals and miscellaneous civil cases. Kentucky has a separate Family Court that hears domestic relations, domestic violence, and juvenile cases. Kentucky's Court of Appeals hears nearly all types of appeals, and the Kentucky Supreme Court is the state's highest appeals court.

The Kentucky Court of Justice administers Kentucky's state court system. On their website ( you can use their online database to search for Kentucky court case records by party name, driver's license number, or case number. If you're trying to find out court dates in Kentucky, you can also view each court's docket online at If you're trying to find out if someone has a criminal history in Kentucky, you can obtain a criminal record report from the Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts for a nominal fee. See
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18, Dec 2014 - Library funding threatened by lawsuit
Lawsuits involving how Kentucky's public libraries set tax rates is in the hands of the Kentucky Court of Appeals.
18, Dec 2014 - Grimes: Paul can't run for two offices at once
Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is threatening to ask courts to stop Republican Rand Paul from running for the Republican presidential nomination and re-election to the Senate at the same time.
18, Dec 2014 - Doctor jailed by Kanawha judge
By Kate White A Kanawha County Circuit Court judge jailed a doctor last week and ordered him to pay for his own incarceration for obtaining money by false pretenses. Lee Adam Balaklaw, 59, who worked as an anesthesiologist in Louisa, Kentucky, admitted he incorrectly charged the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources about $14,000, a misdemeanor, according to court documents on ...
18, Dec 2014 - Court rules in cases involving police disciplinary action
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Supreme Court says a state law setting out procedural rights for police officers accused of misconduct should apply whether the complaints are made by citizens or b
18, Dec 2014 - Alison Lundergan Grimes threatens to take Rand Paul to court if he tries to run for two offices
Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes threatened a legal battle if GOP Sen. Rand Paul tries to get his name on the ballot in 2016 in both his race for re-election and in the race for president. "The law is clear," Ms. Grimes told WHAS-11. "You can't ...
18, Dec 2014 - Judge orders defendant treated for mental illness
A southeastern Kentucky judge has ordered a man accused of killing a Somerset defense lawyer to be treated with anti-psychotic drugs, against his will if necessary.
18, Dec 2014 - Ohio judge recuses herself from murder case
HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A southwest Ohio judge has removed herself from the murder case of a Kentucky man accused of killing a great-grandmother found in the trunk of her car in 2012.
18, Dec 2014 - Grimes: Rand can't run for president and Senate
Kentucky's secretary of State is threatening to take Rand Paul to court.
17, Dec 2014 - Russell, KY Judge orders 45 more days of exams in Kentucky threat case
A judge has ordered a Richmond man charged with threatening U.S. Rep. Andy Barr held for up to 45 more days for psychiatric testing.
17, Dec 2014 - Not guilty plea for Kentucky man in Ohio slaying
An attorney has entered a not-guilty plea for a Kentucky man accused of killing a great-grandmother found in the trunk of her car in 2012 in southwestern Ohio.
17, Dec 2014 - Kentucky governor makes appeal to Supreme Court on gay marriage
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has joined in an appeal asking the U.S. Supreme Court to settle the issue of gay marriage.
17, Dec 2014 - Louisville, KY SUNDAY EDITION | Fired Kentucky educators have good odds in getting their jobs back
Former Louisville Male High School principal David Mike has requested a tribunal hearing in an attempt to reverse JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens' decision to fire him last month. If history is any guide, the odds may be in Mike's favor.
17, Dec 2014 - Louisville, KY King's Court: Kentucky's Undefeated Dream May Be Within Reach This Season
INDIANAPOLIS—A year ago, they were crying in the locker room. Ranked No. 1 in both polls, the Kentucky Wildcats had looked overwhelmed and disjointed in a 78-74 loss to Michigan State in the Champions Classic. The postgame tears, though, stemmed from something deeper than the setback against the Spartans in the third game of the year. "They were crushed," Calipari told B/R a few months later ...
17, Dec 2014 - Lexington, KY Judge declines to reconsider death row appeal
A federal judge has turned down a request from a Kentucky death row inmate to reconsider his reject a new trial and to overturn his death sentences in the slayings of three people in central Kentucky.
17, Dec 2014 - Bankruptcy Court Awards West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection $2.7 Million
CHARLESTON, W.Va., Nov. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A federal bankruptcy court in Kentucky issued an important decision yesterday giving regulators a strong hand in enforcing environmental laws against bankrupt coal companies. As part of the decision, the court awarded the West...
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