Our site is currently being worked on but you are still able to use it.  Please bear with us as we work to improve your Kenton County court experience.

We are excited to announce the opening of the Legal Self-Help Center in the Law Library on the 2nd floor of the Justice Center.  They are open on Wednesdays from 11 am until 2 pm.  Attorneys will help patrons file cases in limited case types. For more information on the self-help portal click here

The Law Library is has now re-opened on the 2nd floor of the Justice Center.  Westlaw is available there.  

Attention Attorneys: Nearly all cases are now required to be e-filed.  Attorneys are highly encouraged to utilize the KCOJ eFiling system, which provides electronic verification of filing and allows images of the documents to be displayed in CourtNet 2.01, or the respective counters that are open during normal business hours. Judges will soon be doing e-orders that will expedite notice.

Don’t have a credit card, no problem.  You can now pay fines and fees with cash at a number of retail locations.  For more information check out this Quick Reference Guide.  Stay tuned for more ways to pay in cash coming soon. 

We are not currently hiring! However we are often looking for team players and smiling faces! If that’s you, fill out an application and we will keep it on file. You can submit your completed application to Johnmiddleton@kycourts.net.

The Kenton County Justice Center is open normal business hours 8 am to 4 pm, Monday-Friday (except holidays).  Cutoff for posting bonds and making payments over the phone is 3:30 pm.  You may also be eligible to do some payments on-line or at select retail locations.

The Circuit Clerk’s office is no longer issuing Drivers Licenses or ID’s.  The Ky Transportation Cabinet is issuing them through regional offices.  They have taken over both the Covington and  Independence Drivers License offices. For more information visit  the Transportation Cabinet  website here. 

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.

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) bonds refunded until 3:30 pm