Relevant Bodies of Law

Major Bodies / Sources of Law

Kentuckians are at all times bound by both federal and Kentucky constitutional rights, statutes, administrative regulations, and common/case law (developed through court trials and subsequent legal opinions).

Procedural Rules

Depending on the specific legal issue(s) involved, certain procedural rules will apply. These rules establish the format of legal actions.

Federal Procedural Rules
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure
Federal Rules of Evidence
Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure

Kentucky Procedural Rules
Rules of Civil Procedure: Kentucky Civil Rules (CR)
Rules of Evidence: Kentucky Rules of Evidence (KRE)
Rules of Criminal Procedure: Kentucky Rules of Criminal Procedure (RCr)
Rules of Family Law: Kentucky Family Court Rules of Procedure and Practice (FCRPP)

Local Rules of Court

A court’s local rules are additional procedural regulations which must be followed by all parties to an action before that court.

Kentucky State Court Local Rules of Practice

Kentucky’s Federal Court Rules
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky

Local Ordinances

When in a particular city or county, local ordinances may also apply as an additional set of legal rules.

Kentucky Local Ordinances (sample)
Lexington-Fayette Code of Ordinances
Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Government Code of Ordinances

Rules Governing Attorneys

Kentucky attorneys are bound by the Kentucky Supreme Court Rules (SCR), including the Rules of Professional Conduct.