About Kentucky Courts:
The Supreme Court of Kentucky is the court of last resort and the final interpreter of state law. It consists of seven justices
who are elected from the seven appellate districts and serve eight-year terms.
The Court of Appeals takes nearly all its' cases from a lower court. If a case is tried in District or Circuit court, and the losing
parties involved are not satisfied with the outcome, they may ask for a higher court to review the correctness of the trial court's
Circuit Court is the court of general jurisdiction that hears civil matters involving more than $5,000, capital offenses and
felonies, land dispute title cases and contested probate cases.
Family Court is a division of Circuit Court. Family Court provides one judge to hear all of a family’s issues relating to divorce, child custody, adoption, termination of
parental rights, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect.
District Court is the court of limited jurisdiction and handles juvenile matters, city and county ordinances, misdemeanors, traffic
offenses, probate of wills, arraignments, felony probable cause hearings, small claims involving $2,500 or less, civil cases involving
$5,000 or less, and cases relating to domestic violence.
Kentucky Courts provide some online search of
opinions and court docket information.
Supreme Court of Kentucky
Room 235, 700 Capitol Avenue
Frankfort, KY 40601