In Kentucky, there is a limited jurisdiction court, a general jurisdiction trial court, and appellate courts. The appellate courts consist of the Court of Appeals and the Kentucky Supreme Court.
The District Court is a limited jurisdiction court that handles ordinances, traffic offenses, juvenile matters, misdemeanors, probate, arraignments, felony hearings, small claims, civil cases under $5,000, mental commitments, and domestic violence cases.
The Circuit Court is the general jurisdiction trial court, responsible for civil cases over $5,000, felonies, land title disputes, and contested probate cases. The Circuit Court has a Family Court division to handle divorce, child custody, adoption, and domestic violence cases. Kentucky is divided into 57 judicial circuits, each having a Circuit Court.
Kentucky makes District and Circuit Court case and docket information available online, but only for active and pending cases. To research closed cases, contact the Clerk of Court in the appropriate county or circuit. Use the resources below for Circuit and District Court calendars and active case records; divorces; judgments; Supreme and Appellate Court opinions and dockets; and federal U.S. District court records.
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