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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Kentucky Court News
24, Jul 2014 - Judge concerned about 1-drug execution method
A Kentucky judge has expressed concerns about the state's plan to use a single drug to carry out lethal injections after the same method resulted in problems in neighboring Ohio.
24, Jul 2014 - Condemned Inmate Seeks New Trial
A death row inmate from eastern Kentucky has asked a federal judge to throw out is conviction and sentence, saying a judge erred in accepting his guilty plea.
24, Jul 2014 - Barbourville, KY Judge allows Knox County, Ky child abuse allegations to go forward
A Kentucky judge has ordered three people charged with nearly starving to death a young child held on $10,000 bond each.
24, Jul 2014 - Kentucky effort to resume executions hits snag
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's efforts to resume executions appeared to hit a snag Wednesday after a judge said he was concerned that officials want to use the same method that led to an execution that took 26 minutes in neighboring Ohio.
24, Jul 2014 - Strauss Troy Attorney Martin Butler Receives Northern Kentucky University's Distinguished Linco
Strauss Troy Attorney Marty Butler received Northern Kentucky University's prestigious Lincoln Award for public service at an event last night in the NKU Student Union Ballroom. "Marty Butler is a ...
24, Jul 2014 - Condemned Kentucky inmate seeks new trial
A death row inmate from eastern Kentucky has asked a federal judge to throw out is conviction and sentence, saying a judge erred in accepting his guilty plea.
24, Jul 2014 - Barbourville, KY Judge allows child abuse allegations to go forward
BARBOURVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky judge has ordered three people charged with nearly starving to death a young child held on $10,000 bond each.
24, Jul 2014 - Kentucky pushing court records online
COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky is pushing to digitize court records and eventually make them more accessible to the public.
24, Jul 2014 - Kentucky Judge Concerned About 1-Drug Execution Method
A Kentucky judge has expressed concerns about the state's plan to use a single drug to carry out lethal injections after the same method resulted in problems in neighboring Ohio.
24, Jul 2014 - Kentucky town stuck with school after court order
CUBA, Ky. (AP) — A southwestern Kentucky community is stuck with an unused school at the moment after a judge issued an order stopping its sale for the moment. But, the Graves County Board of Education has been allowed to remove some materials from Cuba Elementary School while the legal drama surrounding the facility plays out. Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd issued an order Wednesday ...
24, Jul 2014 - Police: Man says hidden message told him to kill - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News, S
SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) - A man accused of gunning down a prominent Kentucky defense attorney told police he had deciphered messages from a newspaper and music instructing him to carry out the killing outside the lawyer's office, a police detective testified Wednesday.
24, Jul 2014 - Kentucky Court of Appeals judges dismiss Steward case
GLASGOW — The Kentucky Court of Appeals has dismissed Chris Steward’s appeal regarding the results of the Democratic primary election for Barren County judge-executive.
24, Jul 2014 - Henderson, KY Zion Volunteer Fire Department applying for grant
The Henderson County Fiscal Court approved an application for an $80,000 grant for the Zion Volunteer Fire Department. They're applying to the Kentucky Department of Homeland SecurityThe money would buy
24, Jul 2014 - Kentucky effort to resume executions hits snag; judge cites concerns about methods
FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky's efforts to resume executions appeared to hit a snag Wednesday after a judge said he was concerned that officials want to use the same method that led to an execution that took 26 minutes in neighboring Ohio.
24, Jul 2014 - Kentucky's ban on same sex marriage thrown out
The judge ruled the ban on same sex marriage was unconstitutional and that it violated the guarantee of equal protection under the law.
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