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).
Federal Bodies of Law
Federal Statutes: United States Code (USC)
Federal Administrative Regulations: Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
Federal Case Law:
Kentucky Family Court Rules of Procedure and Practice (FCRPP)
Kentucky Case Law:
Depending on the specific legal issue(s) involved, certain procedural rules will apply. These rules establish the format of legal actions.
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.
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