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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28, Jan 2015 - Daviess, KY Retired priest denied shock probation
A judge has denied shock probation for a former western Kentucky priest who pleaded guilty last year to first-degree sexual abuse in the 1970s.
28, Jan 2015 - Warren, KY Ky. authorities searching for teens suspected in crime spree
Authorities are looking for a teenage couple from central Kentucky who are suspected in a multi-state crime spree.
28, Jan 2015 - Berea, KY Barbara Howe’s accused murderer ordered held without bond
A Kentucky man accused of killing 87-year-old Barbara Howe and stuffing her body in the trunk of her red Cadillac in 2012 was ordered to be held without bond today in Butler County Common Pleas Court.
28, Jan 2015 - US Supreme Court to decide if states can ban gay marriage
The court said it would hear cases concerning marriage restrictions in Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee.
28, Jan 2015 - Kentucky divorce a step toward same-sex marriage right: advocates
By Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) - Same-sex couples still unable to wed in Kentucky have seen at least one step toward marital rights in the state after a judge granted a couple married somewhere else a divorce, gay rights advocates said on Tuesday. Two women who were married in Massachusetts and later moved to Louisville, Kentucky, were granted the divorce in December by Judge ...
28, Jan 2015 - Ky. judge grants divorce to same-sex couple
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Kentucky judge has granted a divorce to a same-sex couple — even though the state does not recognize gay marriage. Kentucky law says that same-sex marriages performed elsewhere are void in the state, and any rights granted by virtue of the marriage, or its termination, are unenforceable in Kentucky courts. But in his recent ruling in Louisville, Judge Joseph O'Reilly said ...
28, Jan 2015 - Vt. to House More Federal Prisoners
Montpelier — A deal in the works to house more federal inmates in Vermont prisons will hamper the state’s effort to reduce the number of local prisoners incarcerated in Kentucky and Arizona, the corrections commissioner said Monday.
28, Jan 2015 - U.S. Supreme Court to hear gay marriage cases
COLUMBUS — The U.S. Supreme Court said today it will hear appeals of rulings from a federal court that bucked recent trends and upheld bans on same-sex marriage in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, and Tennessee.
28, Jan 2015 - Louisville, KY City may owe former Jefferson County Constable David Whitlock unpaid salary
Kentucky Court of Appeals reverses ruling that dismissed Whitlock's lawsuit, alleging city underpaid him for constable work
28, Jan 2015 - Groups challenge Ky., W.Va's environmental authority
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Environmental groups are going to court to argue that Kentucky and West Virginia are doing a poor job of enforcing federal clean-water rules. They are suing to compel the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to respond to a request to strip the two states of their authority to enforce the rules. The groups say the states have done a poor job enforcing controls on pollution ...
28, Jan 2015 - Warren, KY Authorities searching for 2 teens suspected in crime spree
The mother of one of two Kentucky teenagers suspected in a multi-state crime spree is urging her son to turn himself in and "face the consequences."
28, Jan 2015 - Teen Crime Spree: Dalton Hayes, Cheyenne Phillips Arrested In Florida
The multi-state crime spree carried out by two Kentucky teens has finally come to an end. Dalton Hayes, 18 and Cheyenne Phillips, 13, both from Kentucky, were reportedly taken into police custody after a multi-state crime spree that stretched from Kentucky to Georgia, before finally ending in Panama City Beach, Florida. According to ABC News, Teen Crime Spree: Dalton Hayes, Cheyenne Phillips ...
28, Jan 2015 - UPDATE: Kidnapping suspect Robert Caldwell moved
LIBERTY, Kentucky (WTVQ) - Robert Caldwell, a suspect in a kidnapping case out of Kansas City, Missouri who was arrested in Lincoln County on Tuesday, has been moved to the Casey County jail.  He will appear in court in Liberty, Kentucky Thursday morning. Caldwell has been charged with kidnapping, robbery, theft, fleeing and evading police, and criminal mischief.  He may also face federal ...
28, Jan 2015 - Louisville, KY Kentucky judge grants divorce to same-sex couple
A judge in Kentucky has granted a divorce to a same-sex couple despite the fact the state doesn't recognize gay marriage.
28, Jan 2015 - Wanted teen agrees to return to home state of Kentucky
An 18-year-old suspected of committing a string of crimes with his 13-year-old girlfriend is returning to his home state of Kentucky to face charges.
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