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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23, Nov 2014 - Same-sex marriage bans in 4 states upheld by appeals court, reversing trend
A federal appeals court on Thursday bucked a recent trend of pro-gay marriage decisions by upholding state bans or restrictions in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, pressuring the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the issue.
23, Nov 2014 - Kenton, KY 2 Covington men arrested in heroin trafficking ring
A Covington man faces 50 years in prison for heroin trafficking after he was arrested by Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force agents Thursday morning.
23, Nov 2014 - Laurel, KY KY woman's mugshot goes viral after T-shirt matches crime
The woman, 37-year-old Deborah Asher, was arrested last week near London, Kentucky after deputies finished a drug investigation into Asher and a 57-year-old man.
23, Nov 2014 - Judge fines Kentucky cattle wholesaler $25K
A federal judge has fined a London cattle wholesaler $25,000 after federal officials said questions were raised about unsafe antibiotic residue in the beef.
23, Nov 2014 - Former N. Ky teacher sentenced for drug charges
A former northern Kentucky teacher accused of having cocaine delivered to her school was sentenced in a Kenton County courtroom on Monday.
23, Nov 2014 - Florida remains in limbo as same-sex marriage bans are upheld in four states
As Florida remains in limbo over the same-sex marriage issue, a federal appeals court on Thursday upheld gay marriage bans in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, reversing the trend in federal courts to strike down such bans and piling pressure on the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the...
23, Nov 2014 - Pikeville, KY Kentucky lawmaker pleads not guilty to bribery
PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) - An outgoing Kentucky lawmaker and a retired state mine inspector have pleaded not guilty to bribery charges. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports ( state Rep. W. Keith Hall and Kelly Shortridge entered their pleas in U.S. District Court on Wednesday. Shortridge also pleaded not guilty ...
23, Nov 2014 - What’s Next for Gay Marriage? in US
FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2014 file photo, Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, speaks during a rally for the opponents of gay marriage at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City. The 2-1 ruling Thursday Nov. 6, 2014 by the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals _ affecting laws in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee _ ran counter to a wave of recent ...
23, Nov 2014 - Union, KY Grimes courts labor votes with Warren in Kentucky
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren brought her brand of populist politics back to Kentucky on Tuesday to campaign for Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes one week before voters go to the polls in one of the country's most closely watched Senate races.
23, Nov 2014 - Frankfort, KY School case heads to court
The nonresident student agreement dispute between the Warren County Public Schools and Bowling Green Independent School District will now shift to the court system in Kentucky.
23, Nov 2014 - Same-sex marriage: A simple appeal (UPDATED)
FURTHER UPDATE Tuesday 1:24 p.m. The Michigan petition — DeBoer v. Snyder — has been docketed as 14-571. The Kentucky petition — Love v. Beshear — has been docketed as 14-574. All four of the challenges to the Sixth Circuit’s decision are now formally at the Court, awaiting state responses. UPDATED Monday 6:05 p.m. On […]
23, Nov 2014 - Judge blocks Kentucky law barring judge's party link
A federal judge has blocked a Kentucky law barring judicial candidates from disclosing their party affiliations to voters.
22, Nov 2014 - Appeals court hears cases Thursday at Murray State
The public is invited to attend as Murray State University hosts the Kentucky Court of Appeals at Wrather Auditorium Thursday.
22, Nov 2014 - Somerset, KY Rogers, Massie re-elected to Congress
Republican U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers won a record 18th term in Kentucky's 5th congressional district, as all of the state's congressional incumbents were returned to Washington. The attorney from Somerset was first elected in 1981 and is the longest serving Republican ever elected to federal office in Kentucky. He is the chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, which oversees federal ...
22, Nov 2014 - Gay-Marriage Bans Are Upheld In 4 States By Circuit Court
Bans on same-sex marriage in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee were confirmed by a federal court Thursday, reversing lower courts' decisions.
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