Fayette Circuit

​Circuit Criminal Division

Robert F. Stephens Circuit Courthouse

120 N. Limestone, Suite C-103
Lexington, KY 40507
859-246-2224
8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday

The Circuit Criminal Division maintains felony grand jury indictments and information cases. This division accepts probation fees, court costs, fines and restitution ordered in circuit criminal cases. This division also assists in processing and refunding bail bonds.

Circuit Civil Division

Robert F. Stephens Circuit Courthouse

120 N. Limestone, Suite C-103
Lexington, KY 40507
859-246-2141
8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday

The Circuit Civil Division is the court of general jurisdiction for cases involving more than $5,000, including medical malpractice, personal injury, contracts, property damage in addition to foreclosures, contested probate, property rights and administrative board appeals.

Family Court Division

The Circuit Civil Division also handles Family Court cases, which include the dissolution of marriage, spousal support and equitable distribution; child custody, support and visitation; paternity and adoption; termination of parental rights; domestic violence; dependency, neglect and abuse; and runaways, truancy and beyond control.

Circuit Court Appeals & Records Division

Robert F. Stephens Circuit Courthouse

120 N. Limestone, Suite C-33
Lexington, KY 40507
859-246-2147
8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday

The Circuit Court Appeals Division processes all appeals from the Circuit Court to the Kentucky Court of Appeals and appeals from the District Court.

The division also processes requests for copies of videotaped Circuit Court proceedings and the viewing of records located in the Circuit Court Appeals Division. Requests for copies of records that are submitted by mail must include payment.

The Circuit Court Appeals Division provides space for attorneys and the public to review public court records. Public terminals are available to assist in researching information and copiers are available to the public.

Requesting Older Court Records: The State Records Center stores court records 15-35 years old. Submit this records request form to state.records@ky.gov or call 502-564-1710. The case and locator numbers must be provided as these records cannot be searched by only name and/or SS#. You can request the case and locator numbers from the Office of Circuit Court Clerk in the county where the case was handled. The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives stores court records 36+ years old. To request court records from the KDLA, email kdla-referencedesk@ky.gov or call 502-564-1770.​

Domestic Violence Division

Robert F. Stephens Circuit Courthouse

120 N. Limestone Street, Suite C-452
Lexington, KY 40507
859-246-2248
8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday*
*For assistance after hours, go to Room D-157 on the first floor of the District Courthouse at
150 N. Limestone.

Domestic violence petitions for emergency protective orders and intimate partner orders of protection are accepted 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist victims of domestic or dating violence.

Victim advocates are located in Amanda's Center in the Office of the Fayette County Sheriff. They can identify the type of protection individuals are eligible for and assist with asking the court for that protection. Victim advocates can also provide information about community resources and offer advice based on an assessment of the level of danger present in each situation.

Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence – males and females, dating partners (as defined by Kentucky law), children and adults. Domestic violence knows no economic or educational boundaries and is defined in many ways, not just by extreme violence. Threatening and controlling behavior, violence toward pets and destruction of property can all be considered forms of domestic violence.