The Circuit Civil Division is the court of general jurisdiction for complaints involving a request for damages exceeding $5,000.00, including medical malpractice, personal injury, contracts, property damage in addition to foreclosures, contested probate, property rights and administrative board appeals.
Additionally, the Circuit Civil Division handles Family Court filings. The Fayette Family Court consists of four (4) divisions and four (4) judges. Family Court is involved in the most intimate and complex aspects of human nature and social relations. For that reason, Family Court uses a case management process that distinguishes it from other trial courts. With the One Family, One Judge, One Court approach, cases are presented in a single court, allowing the same judge to hear all matters involving a particular family. This reduces the stress that can arise when individuals are shuttled between courts to resolve a variety of issues within one family.
Because Family Court gives cases involving families and children the highest priority, these cases do not compete with criminal and other civil cases for judicial time. As a division Circuit Court, which is the highest trial court in Kentucky, Family Court employs full-time judges with the same qualifications as those serve the other divisions of Circuit Court.
Family Court jurisdiction includes the following:
- Dissolution of Marriage
- Spousal support and equitable distribution
- Child custody, support and visitation
- Paternity, adoption
- Domestic Violence
- Dependency, Neglect and Abuse
- Termination of parental rights
- Runaways, truancy and beyond control
Parking is available for both court houses in the parking structure behind the District Courthouse. Entrance to the garage is located on Barr Street. There is an underground tunnel between both court houses that may be accessed in the basement of both buildings.
Holidays and Closings
Courthouses are closed on all state holidays