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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30, Jul 2014 - Eastern, KY October trial date set in eastern Kentucky slaying
HARLAN, Ky. (AP) — The trial of an eastern Kentucky man charged with murder has been set for October.
30, Jul 2014 - Woman accused of mailing drugs to inmate
BENNINGTON -- A Main Street woman is accused of mailing drugs to a man in a Kentucky prison and using a local attorney's name on the return address for the envelope. Lauren Cave, 31, pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court to felony counts of narcotic delivery, and identity theft, along with a misdemeanor count of narcotic possession.
30, Jul 2014 - Boone, KY Former NKY youth coach admits to sex crimes
A former Northern Kentucky youth coach already sentenced to federal prison has admitted his guilt to sex crimes.
30, Jul 2014 - Henderson, KY Lou. man accused of impersonating KSP arson investigator
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A Louisville man appeared in court on Tuesday, July 15, for impersonating a Kentucky State Police arson investigator. Tommy Swango was arrested Monday, July 14. Police said he claimed he was a KSP arson investigator to officers with the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Police Department. He told them he was looking to question a student there about a meth lab ...
30, Jul 2014 - KY State Representative Ben Waide Facing Criminal Charges
A Kentucky lawmaker, sued by his former colleagues, is now in trouble with the state.
30, Jul 2014 - Combs, KY Taylor raises twice amount of primary opponents
Reagan Taylor, who won the Republican nomination for Madison County Judge/Executive in the May 20 primary, raised nearly twice the combined amount in campaign contributions as his four opponents. Taylor came in first in the five-man race by a 592 vote margin. According to figures posted on the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance website, Taylor raised $38,155 and spent all but $6,728. He ...
30, Jul 2014 - Ky. Court of Appeals receives briefs, Chris Steward’s attorney argues first bond posted satisfies
GLASGOW — The Kentucky Court of Appeals has received the briefs it ordered attorneys to submit on whether Chris Steward’s appeal of the Barren County Democratic judge-executive primary election should be dismissed because a required bond was filed after the deadline.
30, Jul 2014 - Rand Paul, Cory Booker team up for bipartisan reform of criminal justice system
Watch Video | Listen to the Audio JUDY WOODRUFF: Now to a bipartisan effort on Capitol Hill to try to reform the nation’s criminal justice system. Two freshman senators, a political odd couple, Democrat Cory Booker of New Jersey and Republican Rand Paul of Kentucky, have introduced legislation called the REDEEM Act that would make it easier for juveniles who commit nonviolent crimes to expunge ...
29, Jul 2014 - Louisville, KY 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.
29, Jul 2014 - Denniston, KY New same-sex marriage right in Kentucky
Going beyond an earlier ruling in favor of existing same-sex marriages, but keeping a new decision somewhat limited, a federal judge in Kentucky on Tuesday struck down the state’s ban on gay and lesbians who want to wed. U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II concluded that allowing such new marriages would not diminish anyone else’s rights […]
29, Jul 2014 - Louisville, KY Kentucky's longest-serving inmate still hoping for "freedom"
Kentucky's longest-serving prison inmate is hoping a new program will set him free after more than 50 years behind bars.
29, 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.
29, 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.
29, 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.
29, Jul 2014 - Franklin, KY Rices Landing woman testifies she was beaten with a rock
A Rices Landing woman testified in Fayette County Court on Wednesday that she had just finished telling her friend she didn’t want to go to Kentucky with him when she felt herself being hit on the head with a rock.
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