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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24, Oct 2014 - Kentucky man gets 3 years in prison for fraud
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A Bowling Green man has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for defrauding nine people out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in an investment scheme.
24, Oct 2014 - Federal court upholds conviction in flag slaying
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee inmate has lost a bid to overturn his conviction in the slayings of a Kentucky couple displaying a Confederate flag on the back of their truck.
24, 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 ...
24, Oct 2014 - Louisville, KY 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.
24, 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.
24, Oct 2014 - Kenton, KY 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.
24, Oct 2014 - Iraqi convicted in terror case seeks records
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — An Iraqi man convicted in a Kentucky terrorism case has asked a federal judge to give him access to his complete case file so he can try to withdraw his guilty plea.
24, Oct 2014 - Kentucky lawmaker to appear in court Nov. 5
PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky lawmaker and a former mine reclamation inspector are scheduled to make their first court appearance after being charged with bribery on Nov. 5. A federal court in Pikeville issued the summonses for state Democratic Rep. Keith Hall of Phelps and former state ...
24, Oct 2014 - Judge orders sex offender to pay $1.8 million to victim
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — A convicted sex offender from southern Kentucky has been ordered to pay $1.8 million to the victim of five years of molestation.
24, Oct 2014 - New Court Docket to Focus on Veterans in Boyd County, Ky.
A new court program aims to help struggling veterans in Boyd County, Kentucky. The circuit court has started "Veterans Treatment Court" to help veterans who've gotten entangled in the criminal justice system.
24, Oct 2014 - Kentucky court turns down appeal of shooter
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Supreme Court has opted to turn away an appeal by a southwestern Kentucky man convicted of a fatal shooting who is serving life in prison.
23, Oct 2014 - Judge denies death row inmate's request to overturn sentence
A judge has denied a Kentucky death row inmate's request, to overturn his sentence.
23, Oct 2014 - Daughter sentenced for stealing benefits of man found dead in Lexington
A Texan has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for stealing Social Security benefits meant for her father whose body was found in a storage unit in Kentucky.
23, Oct 2014 - Judicial candidate can campaign as Republican
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A candidate for state judge in conservative northern Kentucky can identify himself as a Republican in campaign materials.
23, Oct 2014 - Kentucky high court agrees to hear ex-coach's case
The Kentucky Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by Asbury University of a $380,000 award made to a former women's basketball coach at the school.
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