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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20, Aug 2014 - Russell, KY CEO of bankrupt oil company sentenced to nearly 3 years in prison, scammed investors
The CEO of a bankrupt southern Kentucky oil company has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for scamming investors into giving him money for three oil partnerships in Kentucky and Tennessee.
20, Aug 2014 - Federal appeals court taking up six gay marriage cases Wednesday
In an unusual convergence of high-stakes litigation, a federal appeals court on Wednesday is taking up six different cases challenging aspects of same-sex marriage restrictions in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. The cases, being heard by a three-judge panel in Cincinnati, are among the front edge of nearly 80 pending lawsuits seeking to overturn barriers to gay marriage nationwide. On ...
20, Aug 2014 - Judge: Disbarred attorney Stanley Chesley owes $42 million to former clients in diet drug case
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A Kentucky judge has ordered a once-prominent and now disbarred class-action attorney to pay $42 million to settle allegations he improperly took too much money in a diet drug lawsuit....
20, Aug 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.
20, Aug 2014 - Judge: Chesley owes $42 million in diet drug case
A Kentucky judge has ordered a once-prominent and now disbarred class-action attorney to pay $42 million to settle allegations he improperly took too much money in a diet drug lawsuit. The ruling from ...
20, Aug 2014 - Russell, KY CEO of bankrupt oil company sentenced to nearly 3 years in prison for scamming investors
The CEO of a bankrupt southern Kentucky oil company has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for scamming investors into giving him money for three oil partnerships in Kentucky and Tennessee.
20, Aug 2014 - Challenges to gay marriage bans: Where they stand
State bans on same-sex marriages have been falling around the country since last summer, when the Supreme Court ordered the federal government to recognize state-sanctioned gay marriages. The remaining state bans all face legal challenges to overturn them, and a federal Court of Appeals in Cincinnati will hear arguments Wednesday on cases from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.
20, Aug 2014 - Floyd, KY Guilty pleas entered in cock fighting ring charges
ABINGDON, Va. — A Wise County father and son and a Kentucky man pleaded guilty in federal court to charges related to operating a cockfighting ring.
20, Aug 2014 - Russell, KY CEO of bankrupt oil company sentenced to 33 months
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The CEO of a bankrupt southern Kentucky oil company has been sentenced to 33 months in prison for scamming investors into giving him money for three oil partnerships in Kentucky and Tennessee.
20, Aug 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.
20, Aug 2014 - Johnson, KY Two Sentenced To Prison In Kentucky For Selling Pain Pills
Prosecutors say the former owners of an eastern Kentucky pain clinic have been sentenced to federal prison terms for illegally dispensing more than 50,000 pills.
20, Aug 2014 - Pendleton, KY Kentucky woman's shooting by county cop under review
Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Crawford has been assigned as special prosecutor in the case involving the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old woman by a Boone County sheriffâ??s deputy.
20, Aug 2014 - Fayette, KY Federal inmate dies after attack at prison
PINE KNOT, Ky. (AP) — A federal inmate serving a 40-year sentence for child-related sex offenses has died after being attacked at a southern Kentucky prison. Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn says 69-year-old Donald John Post Sr. of League City, Texas, died Wednesday as a result of injuries sustained during an attack inside his cell a day earlier at United States Penitentiary McCreary in Pine ...
20, Aug 2014 - Judge: Disbarred attorney Chesley owes $42 million to former clients in diet drug case
A Kentucky judge has ordered a once-prominent and now disbarred class-action attorney to pay $42 million to settle allegations he improperly took too much money in a diet drug lawsuit.
20, Aug 2014 - Jefferson, KY Kentucky death row inmates get 2nd chance in lawsuit over Native American religious ceremonies
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Three Kentucky death row inmates should get another chance to show they have the right to a sweat lodge, powwow and traditional foods to conduct Native American religious ceremonies behind bars at the prison, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday.
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