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, Feb 2015 - Hardin, KY Stolen valor: Fake soldiers pretend to be war heroes for popularity and profit
In July 2013, Jonathan Wade Short of Hardin County, Kentucky, admitted in U.S. District Court to impersonating a United States soldier for most of the preceding year, even though he had no record of military service.
28, Feb 2015 - Ohio, KY Ohio Co. man serving life sentence for sex abuse stabbed at KY State Penitentiary
Authorities are investigating after they say an Ohio County man was stabbed at the Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville by another inmate.
28, Feb 2015 - Lyon, KY KSP Investigating Inmate Stabbing in Lyon Co. Prison
Kentucky State Police are investigating an inmate stabbing at a prison in Eddyville.
28, Feb 2015 - Innocence Project helps man convicted in 1987 N. Ky. slaying
NEWPORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Innocence Project is helping an Ohio man convicted in a brutal slaying nearly three decades ago ask a judge to either dismiss the case against him or hold a new trial.
28, Feb 2015 - Ohio, KY Inmate stabbed by other prisoner at Eddyville prison
The Department of Corrections says an inmate at Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville was stabbed at the prison.
27, Feb 2015 - Key questions as Kentucky Supreme Court considers whether underage sex should be criminal
Kentucky's highest court considered on Thursday whether teen-agers should be treated as criminals when they have sex and send nude photos to each other.
27, Feb 2015 - Lady Vols Blast Kentucky
  Ariel Massengale scored 17 points to end her slump and No. 6 Tennessee overcame the loss of starting center Isabelle Harrison to beat No. 10 Kentucky 72-58 on Sunday.    Harrison, the Lady Vols' top scorer and rebounder, was carried off the court early in the second half after her right leg and right knee twisted awkwardly as she battled for a rebound. ...
27, Feb 2015 - Judge: Man competent for trial in sister's slaying
A judge has declared a western Kentucky man competent to stand trial for the slaying of his 9-year-old sister.
27, Feb 2015 - Kentucky court takes case involving juvenile sex offender
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's highest court considered on Thursday whether teen-age couples should be treated as criminals when they have sex and send nude photos to each other. If so, a third of America's teenagers could be exposed to felony sex-offense charges, the 15-year-old boy's lawyer said.
27, Feb 2015 - Kentucky court to consider if underage sex is a crime
Kentucky's highest court considered on Thursday whether teen-agers should be treated as criminals when they have sex and send nude photos to each other. Here are some of the key questions being asked in the case:
27, Feb 2015 - Grant, KY No stay for Alabama
The Court today denied Alabama’s request to stay a federal judge’s ruling striking down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. The state had asked the Court to delay the implementation of that ruling until after the Court rules on the pending challenges to similar bans in Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, and Michigan. Because the Alabama ruling […]
26, Feb 2015 - Kentucky teen who ran away indicted on crime-spree charges
LEITCHFIELD, Ky. (AP) — A teen who ran away from his Kentucky home with a 13-year-old girl and was later captured in Florida has been indicted on charges related to what police call a two-week crime spree.
26, Feb 2015 - KSD lawsuit moved to federal court
The Kentucky Department of Education has filed notice to move a lawsuit alleging sexual assault at Kentucky School for the Deaf from Boyle Circuit Court to federal court.
26, Feb 2015 - Floyd, KY Lawmakers push to end Kentucky's death penalty
Two lawmakers from opposite sides of the aisle joined a Maryland man who once sat on death row to call for an end to the state's death penalty.
26, Feb 2015 - Floyd, KY Death Penalty Foes Press Case with Lawmakers
Death penalty opponents looking to make inroads with Kentucky lawmakers are getting help from a former death row inmate who was exonerated with DNA evidence.
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