Kentucky Self Help and Legal Research
This page provides information about Self Help and Legal Research resources in Kentucky.
Links are grouped by those that cover courts statewide, for multiple counties, and then by individual county.
Kentucky - Statewide Courts Self Help
Kentucky Small Claims Information
View and download an informational handbook about small claims cases in Kentucky District Courts, including filing, court procedure, and collecting money judgments.
Kentucky Family Court Information
View information about Family Court, a division of Circuit Court that handles divorce, support, custody and visitation, paternity, adoption, and juvenile matters. Resources include answers to frequently asked questions, locations of family courts, divorce education, and domestic violence treatment providers.
The Legal Aid Network of Kentucky offers an online public law library with legal resources in video or text format on a variety of topics.
Kentucky Court Administration
View information about the Administrative Office of the Courts, including court services such as interpreters, mediation, records, drug courts, pretrial release, and juvenile services.
Kentucky Court Programs
View information about Kentucky court programs including the Citizen Foster Care Review Board, Veterans Treatment Court, language access, and mediation.
Child Support Services
The Child Support Enforcement program in the Department of Income Support offers information and assistance related to child support. Services include application assistance, contacts and office locations, child support calculation and modification, paternity, and wage withholding.
Traffic and Motor Vehicle Information
The Kentucky Department of Vehicle Regulation offers information related to traffic and motor vehicle laws, driver's licenses, and State Traffic School. Traffic School can be completed online or by classroom instruction.
Kentucky Mediation Information
View information about Kentucky mediation, which can help parties resolve disputes without going to court. Information includes guidelines, forms, educational resources, and a roster of mediators searchable by name or location.
Kentucky Court Directory
Search the Kentucky court directory for clerks, judges, administrators, court designated workers, mediators, and pretrial officers by name or location.
Kentucky Court Rules
Search Local Rules of Practice for Circuit Courts and District Courts by circuit or district, rule type, and county.
Kentucky Protective Orders
View and download a booklet about protective orders, including types of orders, how to obtain an order, effects of an order, violations, and changes.
Kentucky Probate Procedure Information
View and download a guide to Kentucky probate procedure, including settling estates, fiduciaries and sureties, guardian and conservators, curators, and name changes.
Kentucky State Law Library
View information about the Kentucky State Law Library, including location, hours, and available materials and services.
Kentucky Drug Court Information
View information about Kentucky Drug Court, which can set up a treatment program in lieu of jail for some offenders.
Foreclosure Prevention Resources
View resources for preventing foreclosure in Kentucky, including procedural steps, scam avoidance, local housing counseling agencies, state programs and laws, state and nonprofit agencies, and links to legal aid providers.
Search the Kentucky Revised Statutes by keyword or browse the table of contents by title and chapter.
Kentucky Multiple County Courts Self Help
19th Judicial District Court Rules
View local rules for use in Bracken, Fleming and Mason District Courts.
Clark County - Courts Self Help Resources
Clark County Criminal, Cold Check, Child Support, and Domestic Violence Information
The Clark County Attorney's Office offers information about its criminal prosecution, cold check collection, and child support services. Information about domestic violence is also offered. Click the Services link at the top of the page.
Fayette County - Courts Self Help Resources
Fayette County Diversion, Cold Check, Child Support, and Criminal Procedure Information
The Fayette County Attorney's Office offers information about criminal and traffic diversion programs, which can result in dismissed charges for some offenders who complete the program and pay fees and court costs. Additional information includes cold check collection and prosecution, child support, and criminal complaint filing and prosecution.
Jefferson County - Courts Self Help Resources
Jefferson County Circuit Court Civil Cases
View information about civil cases handled by Jefferson County Circuit Court, including how to file and serve a complaint, order copies of files, foreclosure proceedings, a glossary of terms, and answers to frequently asked questions.
Jefferson County District Court Civil Cases
View information about civil cases in Jefferson County District Court, including types of cases heard, a glossary of legal terms, and answers to frequently asked questions.
Jefferson County District Court Criminal and Traffic Cases
View information about criminal and traffic cases in Jefferson County District Court, with links to the Call Center, courtroom listings, bail bonds, a glossary of legal terms, and answers to frequently asked questions.
Jefferson County District Court Small Claims Cases
View information about small claims cases in Jefferson County District Court, including the Kentucky Small Claims Handbook, a glossary of terms, and answers to frequently asked questions.
Jefferson County Family Court Cases
View information about the types of cases handled by Jefferson County Family Court, including divorce, paternity, adoption, parental termination, and juvenile dependency, neglect, and abuse cases.
Jefferson County Family Court Divorce Help
View information and schedules for Families in Transition programs and divorce clinics offered in Jefferson County.
Jefferson County Family Court Domestic Violence Help
View contact information and victim resources available at Jefferson County Domestic Violence Intake Center, including protective orders, criminal complaints, and victim advocates.
Kenton County - Courts Self Help Resources
Kenton County Bad Check Collection, Child Support, Substance Abuse Intervention, and Criminal Information
The Kenton County Attorney's Office offers information about bad check collection and prosecution, domestic violence, elder abuse, juvenile issues, substance abuse intervention, and child support. Click on the "Services" link at the top of the page.
Madison County - Courts Self Help Resources
Madison County Diversion Programs and Juvenile Court Information
The Madison County Attorney's Office offers information about available diversion programs, which can result in dismissed charges for some offenders who complete the program and pay fees and court costs related to substance abuse, shoplifting, and traffic charges. Diversion program application forms are also included. Additional programs covered include cold check enforcement, child support collection, juvenile abuse, neglect, and offense prosecution, guardianships, and victim advocacy.