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How a Circuit Court Clerk Can Help

Circuit court clerks manage the records of Circuit and District courts and issue driver’s license and identification cards. Circuit court clerks are located in every Kentucky county. Click here for a directory of circuit court clerks.

Circuit court clerks are happy to help you if they can, but they are strictly prohibited from providing legal advice. These guidelines explain some things that court staff can and cannot do for you.

Circuit Court Clerks Can

  • Respond to inquiries about court procedures.
  • Check your court papers to see if you have completed the signatures, have the proper notarization, and have the correct county name and case number. They can also verify any attachments.
  • Give general information about where to find court procedures, deadlines, rules and practices.
  • Provide court schedules and information about how to get a case scheduled.
  • Provide basic information about your own case file.
  • Provide official court forms and instructions.
  • Provide copies of documents for a fee.

Circuit Court Clerks Cannot

  • Provide legal advice or tell you whether you should bring your case to court.
  • Tell you what to say in your court papers.
  • Give you an opinion about what will happen if you bring your case to court.
  • Tell you what to say in court.
  • Talk to the judge for you.
  • Let you talk to the judge outside of court.
  • Change an order signed by a judge.
  • Provide referrals to attorneys.