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Access Kentucky Courts online directly. Search court records; from Kentucky county courts to Supreme courts. Find criminal filings, Kentucky dissolution of marriage or divorce records from official state websites. File small claims lawsuits. Link to Kentucky probate sources with helpful information. Bankruptcy courts by jurisdiction or by districts. Kentucky state courts contact information such as telephone numbers and more.
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Kentucky State Court Records Search Suggestions

As there may be more one source to obtaining Kentucky criminal, civil and divorce records, it is important to search multiple state courts to find the correct records.

Kentucky State Court Structure:

The Kentucky municipal courts have jurisdiction to hear cases involving moving traffic violations, miscellaneous traffic violations, and DWI or DUI matters. It has exclusive jurisdiction to hear cases involving ordinance violations, and parking violations. The Kentucky district courts are the state's trial courts. These courts have jurisdiction to hear cases involving tort, contract, real property rights ($0/$4,000), interstate support, and estate matters. The courts have exclusive mental health, and small claims jurisdiction, where the amount in controversy is $1,500 or less. The district courts have exclusive paternity jurisdiction, jurisdiction over misdemeanor, DWI or DUI, and domestic violence matters. These courts have exclusive traffic or other violation jurisdiction, and exclusive juvenile jurisdiction. District courts hold venue to preliminary hearings. Kentucky circuit courts hear tort, contract, real property rights ($4,000/no maximum), interstate support, and estate matters. These circuit courts have exclusive civil appeals, miscellaneous civil jurisdiction, exclusive marriage dissolution, support/custody, adoption, miscellaneous domestic relations jurisdiction. Circuit courts also have exclusive felony, and criminal appeals jurisdiction. Kentucky's courts of appeal have mandatory jurisdiction in civil, noncapital criminal, and original proceeding cases. These courts have discretionary jurisdiction in civil, noncapital criminal, administrative agency, original proceeding, and interlocutory decision cases. Kentucky's highest court is the supreme court. Kentucky's supreme court has mandatory jurisdiction in capital and other criminal (death, life, 20 yr+ sentence), disciplinary, certified questions from federal courts, and original proceeding cases. The supreme court has discretionary jurisdiction in civil, noncapital criminal, administrative agency, juvenile, original proceeding, and interlocutory decision cases.

Directory of Links and Resources to Access County, State or Federal Court Records Online

Kentucky Civil and Divorce Court Records

Judgments, lawsuits, dissolution of marriage, civil court cases.

Civil, family law cases and divorces, personal injury cases, lawsuits, estate planning and probate matters.
  • Kentucky Circuit Courts
    Tort, contract, real property rights, interstate support and estate. Exclusive civil appeals and miscellaneous civil jurisdiction. Marriage dissolution, support, custody, adoption and miscellaneous domestic relations. Search docket information.
  • Kentucky Family Courts
    Dissolution of marriage. Spousal support and equitable distribution. Child custody, support and visitation. Paternity and adoption. One judge, one family, one court.
  • Kentucky District Courts
    Juvenile matters, probate of wills, small claims, and civil cases involving $4,000 or less are all District Court matters, as well as voluntary and involuntary mental commitments.
  • United States District Court Eastern District of Kentucky
    Eastern District of Kentucky
    General orders, local rules and forms. Jury, judges and attorney information. Court schedule and more.
  • Kentucky Supreme Court
    The Supreme Court of Kentucky is the court of last resort and the final interpreter of state law. Mandatory jurisdiction in certified questions from federal courts and original proceeding cases. Discretionary jurisdiction in civil cases. Search Court opinions.
  • Kentucky Court of Appeals
    Cases come to the Court of Appeals from a lower court. Child custody and property rights decisions may be appealed. Search court of appeals case dockets by litigants name, attorney or case number.
  • Kentucky Bankruptcy Courts
    Search Bankruptcy filings and view cases from the courthouses and jurisdictions. Court calendars, self help resources, local rules and public access to information online.
  • Kentucky Judgments and Liens
    Link to information for defaults, recovery, default, cases and files that can show civil judgments.

Kentucky Criminal Court Records

Felony, misdemeanors and traffic violations.

Most criminal cases are started when a prosecutor, either a district attorney (who represents a county) or the attorney general (who represents the state), files a complaint with the court.
  • Kentucky District Courts
    City and county ordinances, misdemeanors, traffic offenses,felony preliminary hearings and cases relating to domestic violence and abuse.
  • Kentucky Circuit Courts
    Misdemeanor, felony and criminal appeals jurisdiction. Kentucky court of justice docket information. Link to circuit clerks offices by county.
  • Kentucky Supreme Court
    Cases involving the death penalty, life imprisonment or imprisonment for twenty years or more go directly from the circuit court level, where the cases are tried, to the Supreme Court for review as a matter of right.
  • Kentucky Court of Appeals
    Mandatory and discretionary jurisdiction in noncapital criminal cases. Criminal case acquittals may not be appealed. Search contact information for the court of appeals. Judges directory and rules and procedures of the court. Rules and procedures.
  • Kentucky Drug Courts
    Drug Court provides alternative services for about 25 percent of the cost of incarceration. Substance abuse treatment reduces both addiction, recidivism and drug-related crime.
  • Criminal Record Reports
    Search database containing more than 4 million records that cover all misdemeanor and traffic cases for at least the last five years and felonies dating back to 1978.

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