Justice Center


All offices of the Kenton Circuit Clerk will be closed Monday May 31st in honor of Memorial Day.

Jury Trials and Grand Jury has re-started. We are also taking and refunding bonds in person. There may be a delay due to the need fro social distancing in the Justice Center.  Pursuant to Kenton Circuit Court General Order It is hereby ordered pursuant to Kentucky Supreme Court Order 2021-02 the grand jury cannot meet remotely.  Pursuant to that order the 60-day period in RCr 5.22(3) is tolled. Grand Jury cases shall be presented within 60 days of the expiration of the Ky Supreme Court case which at this time is established as May 1, 2021. It is further ordered, the petit jurors and grand jurors scheduled to begin service on January 1, 2021 are ordered to begin service on April 1, 2021. The orientation of the juries and schedules shall be outlined in subsequent orders.

The Kenton County Justice Center will be closing for all in person hearings except as noted below.  Many court proceedings will be held by Zoom. There are rules regarding entry to the facility (see below).  Emergency hearings and filings are still being permitted.  Our office phones and windows will still be open from 9 am to 3 pm.  Contact your attorney or our office to determine what date your case will be held. All bonds are still being posted at the Kenton Co Detention Center 3000 Decker Crane Ln. Covington, KY 41017.  You may file documents through e-filing, mail or documents may be dropped in the drop box in front of the Justice Center (no cash or original wills please).  You may also be eligible to do some payments on-line. Please be patient as we continue to work through this situation. 

Rules for Entry to Justice Center- The Kenton County Justice Center pursuant to Kentucky Supreme Court Order 2020-39, have implemented social distancing measures to make coming into and exiting the building safe and efficient. Please read carefully to know what to expect when you arrive.

  • Entrance is limited to individuals with a scheduled court hearing and those filing emergency protective orders, interpersonal protective orders, and emergency custody orders. Do not bring family members, children, friends, etc. to court with you.  Only case parties and witnesses will be allowed entry.
  • Be prepared to stand in line to enter the building. Check the weather forecast and dress accordingly.
  • You must wear a mask or other face covering to enter the building and wear it at all times while inside.
  • Purses or other similarly enclosed bags are not permitted, unless items inside the bag are medically necessary. Any items that are necessary to bring should be carried by hand or in an open container that can easily be inspected.
  • Take note of the time on your court notice, as it may be different than previously scheduled.
  • If you have court in courtroom 1A, you will be going through security in the left side line. If an outside line has formed, this line will go alongside the building on Madison Ave towards the river.
  • If you have court in another courtroom or a matter elsewhere in the building, you will be going through security in the middle line.  If an outside line has formed, this line will go alongside the building on Third Street.
  • To assure the efficient conduct of court business, Court Personnel, Attorneys, and Police Officers will enter through the main lobby in the left line. (Formerly the Exit Line).
  • Be aware of signage directing the flow of foot traffic and designated waiting areas.
  • In courtrooms and other areas, there will be decals on the floor designating where to stand keeping at least six (6) feet away from others.
  • Elevators will be limited to two (2) people at a time, therefore using stairs is strongly encouraged. Stairwells will be designated for going up and down and will be labeled accordingly.
  • Bailiffs will be positioned throughout the building to direct and move along foot traffic.
  • If you need to meet with your attorney prior or after your hearing, please do so outside of the building – attorney conference rooms will be closed.

Drivers License and Kentucky State Police Driver Testing is re-opened.   There is no longer an extension of license expiration.  If your license is expired you may be subject to criminal charges.  Some licenses will be renewed by mail. We are only open at the Independence location (Covington will re-open May 1, 2021).  Issuance is now by appointment only, See our Drivers License website for more information.  

County Clerk fees increased January 1, 2020.  Please contact their office about their fee increases.

Our goal is to provide the best customer service by providing accurate and useful information in a straight-forward easy format. The Circuit Clerk’s office is informally divided into 4 main divisions.

Circuit Civil/Criminal

  • lawsuits over $5,000
  • foreclosures
  • land dispute title cases
  • contested probate cases
  • felony criminal cases

District Civil/Probate

  • lawsuits up to $5,000
  • small claims under $2,500
  • evictions
  • Probate (estates -death, guardianships, name changes, settlements of minors)
  • Casey’s law (involuntary drug/alcohol treatment), mental health (danger to self or others), disability (appointment to make medical/financial decisions)

District Criminal/Traffic

Family Court

  • divorce
  • paternity, child custody/visitation, child and/or spousal support,
  • juvenile dependency/neglect/abuse,
  • juvenile status offenses (runaways, truancy, beyond control)
  • adoptions
  • emergency protective orders and interpersonal protective orders (domestic violence and dating violence)

Use the links above to visit each area or click on the links to the right for the most frequently asked questions.

For information regarding drivers license (picture ID) visit www.drivekenton.org.

John C. Middleton
Kenton Circuit/District Clerk
230 Madison Avenue 3rd Floor
Covington, Kentucky 41011

Phone: (859) 292-6523
Fax: (859) 292-6611

Office Hours: 8 am – 4 pm Monday-Friday (except holidays)

Pursuant to Supreme Court Order our phones and windows will be closed from 8 am to 9 am and again from 3 pm to 4 pm in order for us to process work.