130 Court Street
Versailles, KY 40383
(859) 873-3711 - Office
Monday - Thursday, 8:00am - 4:00pm
Friday, 8:00am - 5:30pm
Functions of the Office
Circuit Court Clerks are elected officials of the court and are responsible for the custody, control, and safe storage of court records for both Circuit and District Court. Among the duties of the clerks and their deputy clerks are the receipt of lawsuits and papers for the courts, being present during trials, receiving fines, issuing drivers' licenses, scheduling juries, handling bond money and operating the tape recording equipment which records District Court proceedings.
Drivers' License Issuance
Written drivers' tests are given only on Tuesdays from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. Applicants must bring their original birth certificate, social security card and school verification form to take the exam. Also a parent or legal guardian must be present to sign for the applicant and provide their ID or Drivers License.
Road tests may be scheduled by calling (502) 873-3711 only on Tuesday mornings beginning at 8:00 a.m.
Often called, "the people's court" the district court has limited jurisdiction - hearing only certain types of cases. Ninety percent of all Kentuckians who come in contact with the judicial system will appear in District Court. Juvenile matters, city and county ordinances, misdemeanors, traffic offenses, probate of wills, felony preliminaries and civil cases (with amounts of $5,000 or less) are all heard in District Court. Guardianship and conservatorship for disabled persons are in District Court as well as voluntary or involuntary mental commitments and cases relating to domestic violence and abuse are heard in District Court.
Small Claims Court
There is also a small claims division of District Court to informally handle matters with a value of $2,500 or less. In small claims, a lawyer is not necessary. A citizen can bring his or her own case before the judge at a minimum cost.
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. Circuit Court has the power to issue injunctions, writs of prohibition and writs of mandamus and to hear appeals from District Court and administrative agencies.
As a division of Circuit Court with general jurisdiction, the family court division of Circuit Court further retains primary jurisdiction in cases involving dissolution of marriage; child custody; visitation; maintenance and support; equitable distribution of property in dissolution cases; adoption; and, termination of parental rights. In addition to general jurisdiction of Circuit Court, the family court division of Circuit Court, concurrent with the District Court, has jurisdiction over proceedings involving domestic violence and abuse; the Uniform Act on Paternity and the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act; dependency, neglect, and abuse; and, juvenile status offenses.