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 (http://apps.courts.ky.gov/CourtRecords/) 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 http://apps.courts.ky.gov/dockets/Default.aspx?division=CI. 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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20, Oct 2014 - Suspect in I-75 shooting indicted on 5 counts, could face death penalty
A southwest Ohio prosecutor provided an update in the investigation of the slaying of a Kentucky woman on Interstate 75.
20, Oct 2014 - Drug Maker Warns That OxyContin Suit Could Be 'Crippling'
No one rises as Circuit Judge Steven Combs enters his courtroom in Pikeville, Kentucky. Today's docket includes a woman convicted of public intoxication, an accused trafficker of painkillers, and a procedural matter involving Purdue Pharma LP, a multibillion-dollar pharmaceutical company based in Stamford, Connecticut, that's effectively accused of laying waste to this Appalachian coal town ...
20, Oct 2014 - Attorneys Corey Hamilton and Theresa Nelson Join Strauss Troy
Strauss Troy, a leading law firm in Ohio and Kentucky, announces that attorneys Corey Hamilton and Theresa Nelson have joined the firm. "These two talented attorneys bring notable expertise to the ...
20, Oct 2014 - Judge blocks Ky. law banning campaigning near polls
A Kentucky law banning election-day campaigning near polling places was struck down Tuesday by a federal judge, who ruled the 300-foot buffer impedes free speech by reaching private homes and yards.
20, Oct 2014 - Frequently Asked Questions about imminent gay marriage ruling
A ruling from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals is expected any day regarding six cases in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee dealing with gay marriage. Here's what you need to know.
20, Oct 2014 - Proposal to house inmates in Ky. on 'back burner'
By Phil Kabler CHARLESTON, W.Va. - With inmate populations trending downward, and with opportunities for several new in-state facilities, a proposal to house state prisoners at a private, for-profit prison in Kentucky is no longer a priority, West Virginia's corrections commissioner told legislators Monday. "That really has been put way back on the back burner, based on the decrease we've been ...
20, Oct 2014 - Clinton, KY Harris' attorney says woman was 'sexual aggressor'
(AP Photo/John Raoux, File). FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2014, file photo, Florida freshman quarterback Treon Harris (3) warms up prior to an NCAA college football game against Kentucky in Gainesville, Fla.
20, Oct 2014 - Judge denies Libertarian candidate’s request to appear on KET program
A federal judge has rejected an argument that Kentucky Educational Television violated a Libertarian candidate’s First Amendment rights by denying his request to be included in a broadcast featuring two U.S. Senate candidates.
20, Oct 2014 - Purdue says Kentucky lawsuit over OxyContin could be devastating
(c) 2014, Bloomberg News. PIKEVILLE, Ky. — No one rises as Circuit Judge Steven Combs enters his courtroom. Combs wears a white shirt and yellow tie, no robe. Lawyers approach the bench as their cases are called, shake the judge's hand and exchange small talk before getting to business.
19, Oct 2014 - CVG leader: Leave board under Kenton County control
Outgoing Kenton County Judge-Executive Steve Arlinghaus is urging Northern Kentucky legislators not to strip the county of its control over the region's international airport.
19, Oct 2014 - News briefs from around Kentucky at 1:59 a.m. EDT
Woman convicted in sister slaying gets 12 years RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) - A central Kentucky woman who confessed to smothering her baby half-sister to death has been sentenced to 12 years in prison. Jessica Marcum pleaded guilty in August to first-degree manslaughter in an agreement with prosecutors. ...
19, Oct 2014 - Judge blocks law banning campaigning near polls
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky law banning election-day campaigning near polling places was struck down Tuesday by a federal judge, who ruled the 300-foot buffer impedes free speech by reaching private homes and yards. The ruling by U.S. District Judge William O. Bertelsman came three weeks before voters head to the polls to decide a long ballot of local, state and federal races. Those races ...
19, Oct 2014 - Kentucky judge blocks law banning campaigning near polls
A federal judge has struck down a Kentucky law that prohibits campaign activities within 300 feet of polling places.
19, Oct 2014 - SUNDAY EDITION | In Kentucky, courts are new frontier for police body cameras
WDRB analysis finds policies vary at local and regional police departments. At least eight law enforcement agencies in Kentucky use the officer-worn devices.
18, Oct 2014 - Morgantown, KY New federal judge named for western Ky.
A new U.S. magistrate judge has been named for the western district of Kentucky.
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