Kentucky in the United States

Legal Materials

Hard copy versions of the Kentucky Revised Statutes are published by Michie and West. The Kentucky Legislative Research commission posts online versions of theKentucky Revised Statutes and the Kentucky Administrative Regulations. (See also, “Legislation,” below.) To be sure the Revised Statutes are current, check the List of KRS Sections affected posted on the Acts of the Kentucky General Assembly page.

Internet links to Kentucky government agencies, and other primary legal materials are posted by FindLaw and WashLaw. Primary legal materials are also available fromLexis and Westlaw. Subscription services Versuslaw Fastcase have cases back to 1950; Google Scholar has cases back to 1950 for free. Supreme and appellate court cases are published in West’s South Western Reporter.

For questions about Kentucky legal materials, copies and/or inter-library loan, try calling the State Law Library of Kentucky (502-564-4848) or the University of Kentucky College of Law Library (859-257-8131).

Legislation: The Kentucky Legislative Research Commission posts the Kentucky Legislative Record, which publishes bills and resolutions, and tables of laws (“Acts”) so you can tell which bills became laws. To check the status of a pending bill, use the Bill Watch service call the Legislative Research Commission at 1-800-592-4557 (in state) or 502-564-8100 (out of state). The KLRC also posts legislative reports and related materials. For information on Kentucky legislative history, see Tracing Legislative History.

The Kentucky Legislature posts session laws (“Acts”) for free back to 1995. The Digital Session Laws Collection on HeinOnline has a complete set of Kentucky Acts (subscription required).

For other questions about Kentucky legislation, try calling the librarian at the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission (502-564-8100; ask for the Library).

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Topics Covered by the Kentucky Legal Encyclopedia

Note: More detailed information about this State is provided in the Kentucky jurisdictional legal Encyclopedia, which tie together Kentucky statutory and case law.

Topics include:

  • Kentucky Statutes
  • KY Cases & Case Law
  • Kentucky Legal Websites
  • KY State Government Info
  • Kentucky Counties
  • Kentucky Cities
  • Kentucky Legislation
  • KY Court Reporters/Depositions
  • Kentucky Legal Forms
  • Kentucky Courts
  • Kentucky Local Court Rules
  • KY State Bar/Legal Associations
  • Kentucky Law Enforcement
  • Kentucky Media Sources


See Also

Kentucky: Open and Free Legal Research of US Law

Federal Primary Materials

The U.S. federal government system consists of executive, legislative, and judicial branches, each of which creates information that can be the subject of legal research about Kentucky. This part provides references, in relation to Kentucky, to the legislative process, the federal judiciary, and the primary sources of federal law (cases, statutes, and regulations).

Federal primary materials about Kentucky by content types:

Laws and Regulations

US Constitution
Federal Statutory Codes and Legislation

Federal Case Law and Court Materials

U.S. Courts of Appeals
United States courts of appeals, inclouding bankruptcy courts and bankcruptcy appellate panels:

Federal Administrative Materials and Resources

Presidential Materials

Materials that emanate from the President’s lawmaking function include executive orders for officers in departments and agencies and proclamations for announcing ceremonial or commemorative policies. Presidential materials available include:

Executive Materials

Federal Legislative History Materials

Legislative history traces the legislative process of a particular bill (about Kentucky and other subjects) for the main purpose of determining the legislators’ intent behind the enactment of a law to explain or clarify ambiguities in the language or the perceived meaning of that law (about Kentucky or other topics), or locating the current status of a bill and monitoring its progress.

State Administrative Materials and Resources

State regulations are rules and procedures promulgated by state agencies (which may apply to Kentucky and other topics); they are a binding source of law. In addition to promulgating regulations, state administrative boards and agencies often have judicial or quasi-judicial authority and may issue administrative decisions affecting Kentucky. Finding these decisions can be challenging. In many cases, researchers about Kentucky should check state agency web sites for their regulations, decisions, forms, and other information of interest.

State rules and regulations are found in codes of regulations and administrative codes (official compilation of all rules and regulations, organized by subject matter). Search here:

State opinions of the Attorney General (official written advisory opinions on issues of state law related to Kentucky when formerly requested by a designated government officer):

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