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The Bourbon County Courthouse in Paris, KY
The Bourbon County Courthouse is staffed by Bourbon County Circuit Clerk Beverly Smits.
Hours of Operation
- Monday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Bourbon County Courthouse
310 Main St.
Paris, KY 40361
Parking is available on Main Street and around the courthouse. Two hours of free parking is allowed.
District Court vs. Circuit Court
In general, the district court presides over traffic cases and misdemeanors and the circuit court hears felony cases. Felony cases tend to originate in the district court at a preliminary hearing (though they can be directly indicted), and are transferred to Circuit Court if probable cause if found at the preliminary hearing and the grand jury chooses to indict. Our Paris Criminal Defense Lawyers defend cases in both District and Circuit Court.
District Court Judges
Bourbon County is in the 14th District Court District. The other district courts in this district are Scott and Woodford County. The 14th District has two judges. They are:
- Division 1: Hon. Mary Jane Phelps
- The Honorable Judge Phelps was admitted to the bar in 1989.
- Prior to her election she was an assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Scott County.
- She earned a B.A. from Transylvania University, going on to receive her J.D. from the University of Kentucky.
- The Honorable Judge Dickson was elected in 2010 and began serving in 2011.
- She won reelection in 2014 in a contested race.
- Judge Dickson earned her B.A. from Duke University and her J.D. from the University of Kentucky
District Court Prosecutor
The County Attorney, the Honorable G. Davis Wilson handles prosecution in Bourbon District Court. His office handles the prosecution of traffic, misdemeanor, and felony preliminary hearings. His office is located inside the courthouse.
Bradley D. Clark, Paris Criminal Defense Lawyer, Receiving the 2017 Young Professional Alumni Award from UK College of Law Dean Brennen
Circuit Court Judges
Bourbon County is in the 14th Circuit Court District. The other circuit courts in this district are Scott and Woodford County. The 14th District has two judges who hear criminal cases. They are:
- Division 1: Currently Vacant
- This seat is vacant and awaiting appointment by the Governor.
- The Honorable Judge Issacs began serving in 2000.
- Before he became a judge, he served as the director of the Administrative Office of the Courts, as a commissioner for the Kentucky State Police, and as the secretary of the Kentucky Justice Cabinet.
Circuit Court Prosecutor
Prosecution of felonies is handled by the office of the Hon. Gordie Shaw. His office is located in Versailles. His office prosecutes offenses that have been indicted by the Bourbon County Grand Jury.