Kentucky District Attorneys

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Kentucky's district attorney role is divided into two attorney groups. One is called the Commonwealth's Attorney and the other is the County Attorney. The Commonwealth Attorney is defined by the Kentucky Constitution as the prosecutor of felony crimes in Kentucky. The County Attorney is defined by statute as the prosecutor of misdemeanors that occur within the county.

Commonwealth's Attorney

The Commonwealth Attorney is an elected official who holds office for six years. There are 57 Judicial Circuit Courts in Kentucky with each one having a Commonwealth Attorney. Their principal job is to represent the State of Kentucky in the prosecution of felonies. They attend each Circuit Court in their judicial circuit and have a duty to prosecute all violations, by adults or juveniles, of the criminal and penal laws of Kentucky. In addition, they present evidence to the grand jury concerning criminal violations.

County Attorney

The County Attorney prosecutes misdemeanor violations, by adults or juveniles, of criminal or penal laws of Kentucky that occur within the county. They also provide legal advice to the county Fiscal Court as well as county officials and officers. Their office may also collect court-ordered child support.

The Kentucky Attorney General

The Attorney General is the chief legal officer for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. They represent Kentucky in all cases, civil or criminal, before the Supreme Court or Court of Appeals that involve Kentucky. They commence all actions or appearances in or out of state in which Kentucky has an interest. They write legal opinions, communicate with the legislative branch, and draft legal writings intended for public use.

Kentucky Commonwealth Attorneys: Directory

A directory of the Commonwealth Attorneys can be found on the Kentucky government directory website by choosing the appropriate county from the pull down menu. Below is a listing of the Judicial Circuits and the counties that are included in each circuit.

Judicial Circuits

Counties

First Circuit

Hickman, Fulton, Carlisle, Ballard

Second Circuit

McCracken

Third Circuit

Christian

Fourth Circuit

Hopkins

Fifth Circuit

Crittenden, Webster, Union

Sixth Circuit

Daviess

Seventh Circuit

Logan, Todd

Eighth Circuit

Warren

Ninth Circuit Hardin

Hardin

Tenth Circuit

Nelson, LaRue, Hart

Eleventh Circuit

Taylor, Green, Marion, Washington

Twelfth Circuit

Oldham, Henry, Trimble

Thirteenth Circuit

Jessamine, Garrard

Fourteenth Circuit

Bourbon, Scott, Woodford

Fifteenth Circuit

Carroll, Owen, Grant

Sixteenth Circuit

Kenton

Seventeenth Circuit

Campbell

Eighteenth Circuit

Pendleton, Harrison, Nicholas, Robertson

Nineteenth Circuit

Bracken, Fleming, Mason

Twentieth Circuit

Lewis, Greenup

Twenty-First Circuit

Bath, Menifee, Montgomery, Rowan

Twenty-Second Circuit

Fayette

Twenty-Third Circuit

Estill, Lee, Owsley

Twenty-Fourth Circuit

Martin, Lawrence, Johnson

Twenty-Fifth Circuit

Clark, Madison

Twenty-Sixth Circuit

Harlan

Twenty-Seventh Circuit

Knox, Laurel

Twenty-Eighth Circuit

Lincoln, Rockcastle, Pulaski

Twenty-Ninth Circuit

Adair, Casey

Thirtieth Circuit

Jefferson

Thirty-First Circuit

Floyd

Thirty-Second Circuit

Boyd

Thirty-Third Circuit

Perry

Thirty-Fourth Circuit

McCreary, Whitley

Thirty-Fifth Circuit

Pike

Thirty-Sixth Circuit

Magoffin, Knott

Thirty-Seventh Circuit

Carter, Elliott, Morgan

Thirty-Eighth Circuit

Butler, Edmonson, Hancock, Ohio

Thirty-Ninth Circuit

Breathitt, Powell, Wolfe

Fortieth Circuit

Clinton, Cumberland, Monroe

Forty-First Circuit

Clay, Jackson, Leslie

Forty-Second Circuit

Calloway, Marshall

Forty-Third Circuit

Barren, Metcalfe

Forty-Fourth Circuit

Bell

Forty-Fifth Circuit

McLean, Muhlenberg

Forty-Sixth Circuit

Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade

Forty-Seventh Circuit

Letcher

Forty-Eighth Circuit

Franklin

Forty-Ninth Circuit

Allen, Simpson

Fiftieth Circuit

Boyle, Mercer

Fifty-First Circuit

Henderson

Fifty-Second Circuit

Graves

Fifty-Third Circuit

Anderson, Shelby, Spencer

Fifty-Fourth Circuit

Boone, Gallatin

Fifty-Fifth Circuit

Bullitt

Fifty-Sixth Circuit

Caldwell, Livingston, Lyon, Trigg

Fifty-Seventh Circuit

Russell, Wayne

Kentucky County Attorneys: Directory

Below is a chart with links to each county where you will find contact information for the county attorney.

County Attorneys

County Attorneys

Adair County Attorney

Allen County Attorney

Anderson County Attorney

Ballard County Attorney

Barren County Attorney

Bath County Attorney

Bell County Attorney

Boone County Attorney

Bourbon County Attorney

Boyd County Attorney

Bracken County Attorney

Boyle County Attorney

Breathitt County Attorney

Breckinridge County Attorney

Bullitt County Attorney

Butler County Attorney

Caldwell County Attorney

Calloway County Attorney

Campbell County Attorney

Carlisle County Attorney

Carroll County Attorney

Carter County Attorney

Casey County Attorney

Christian County Attorney

Clark County Attorney

Clay County Attorney

Clinton County Attorney

Crittenden County Attorney

Cumberland County Attorney

Daviess County Attorney

Edmonson County Attorney

Elliott County Attorney

Estill County Attorney

Fayette County Attorney

Fleming County Attorney

Christian Commonwealth Attorney

Floyd County Attorney

Franklin County Attorney

Fulton County Attorney

Gallatin County Attorney

Garrad County Attorney

Grant County Attorney

Graves County Attorney

Grayson County Attorney

Green County Attorney

Greenup County Attorney

Hancock County Attorney

Hardin County Attorney

Harlan County Attorney

Harrison County Attorney

Hart County Attorney

Henderson County Attorney

Henry County Attorney

Hickman County Attorney

Hopkins County Attorney

Jackson County Attorney

Jefferson County Attorney

Jessamine County Attorney

Johnson County Attorney

Kenton County Attorney

Knott County Attorney

Knox County Attorney

LaRue County Attorney

Laurel County Attorney

Lawrence County Attorney

Lee County Attorney

Leslie County Attorney

Letcher County Attorney

Lewis County Attorney

Lincoln County Attorney

Livingston County Attorney

Logan County Attorney

Lyon County Attorney

McCracken County Attorney

McCreary County Attorney

McLean County Attorney

Madison County Attorney

Magoffin County Attorney

Marion County Attorney

Marshall County Attorney

Martin County Attorney

Mason County Attorney

Meade County Attorney

Menifee County Attorney

Mercer County Attorney

Metcalfe County Attorney

Monroe County Attorney

Montgomery County Attorney

Morgan County Attorney

Muhlenberg County Attorney

Nelson County Attorney

Nicholas County Attorney

Ohio County Attorney

Oldham County Attorney

Owen County Attorney

Owsley County Attorney

Pendleton County Attorney

Perry County Attorney

Pike County Attorney

Powell County Attorney

Pulaski County Attorney

Robertson County Attorney

Rockcastle County Attorney

Rowan County Attorney

Russell County Attorney

Scott County Attorney

Shelby County Attorney

Simpson County Attorney

Spencer County Attorney

Taylor County Attorney

Todd County Attorney

Trigg County Attorney

Trimble County Attorney

Union County Attorney

Warren County Attorney

Washington County Attorney

Wayne County Attorney

Webster County Attorney

Whitley County Attorney

Wolfe County Attorney

Woodford County Attorney

 

Note: Although we strive to provide the most current contact and website information available for the D.A. offices in this state, this information is subject to change. If you have found contact or website information that is not current, please contact us.

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