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Kentucky Legal Research

Kentucky Court Structure



Kentucky has a "unified court system" for operation and administration which is referred to as the Kentucky Court of Justice.  For more information about the Judicial System Structure in Kentucky, click here


 

 

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Citation

Kentucky Citation
For documents submitted to the Kentucky courts, you should follow the citation rules found in the Kentucky Rules of Civil Procedure.  Go to Kentucky Rules of Civil Procedure - Title lX Appeals.

Kentucky Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 76.12 (4)(g) Form of Citations.
The citation of Kentucky cases is in line with the Bluebook style and case names may be italicized or underlined. 

For Example:  Haney v. Butler, 990 S.W.2d 611 (Ky. 1999) and Owens v. Williams, 995 S.W.2d 196 (Ky. App. 1997).

Kentucky Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 76.28 (4)(c)
Rule for citing unreported appellate decisions.
Opinions that are not to be published shall not be cited or used as binding precedent in any other case in any court of this state; however, unpublished Kentucky appellate decisions, rendered after January 1, 2003, may be cited for consideration by the court if there is no published opinion that would adequately address the issue before the court. Opinions cited for consideration by the court shall be set out as an unpublished decision in the filed document and a copy of the entire decision shall be tendered along with the document to the court and all parties to the action.