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The Clark County Courthouse in Winchester, KY
The Clark County Courthouse is staffed by Clark County Circuit Clerk Paula Joslin.
Hours of Operation
- Monday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Tuesday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Thursday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Friday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Governor James Clark Judicial Center
17 Cleveland Ave.
P.O. Box 687
Winchester, KY 40392
Two-hour and 30-minute parking are available around town square. There is a Municipal lot at the corner of Broadway and Highland. Handicapped parking is available and the building is accessible by ramps for handicapped persons through the side door. See court security personnel upon arrival. Building has elevators, and restrooms are equipped for handicapped persons. Translators are available.
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 Winchester Criminal Defense Lawyers defend cases in both District and Circuit Court.
District Court Judges
Clark County is in the 25th District Court District. The other district courts in this district is Madison County. The 25th District has three judges. They are:
- Division 1: Hon. Charles W. Hardin
- Judge Hardin was appointed in 2009.
- He previously worked with Marc Robbins who is now the Madison County Attorney.
- His undergraduate degree is from EKU and he went to law school at NKU.
- Judge Brown took the bench in 2010.
- Prior to becoming judge she served as an assistant County Attorney.
- She earned her B.A. from EKU and her J.D. from the University of Kentucky.
- Prior to his election to the bench in 2007, Judge Neal was in private practice.
- He received his B.A. from EKU and his J.D. from Thomas Cooley Law School in Michigan.
District Court Prosecutor
The County Attorney, the Honorable Brian N. Thomas handles prosecution in Clark District Court. His office handles the prosecution of traffic, misdemeanor, and felony preliminary hearings.
Bradley D. Clark, Winchester Criminal Defense Lawyer, Receiving the 2017 Young Professional Alumni Award from UK College of Law Dean Brennen
Circuit Court Judges
Clark County is in the 25th Circuit Court District. The other circuit court in this district is in Madison County. The 25th District has two judges who hear criminal cases. They are:
- Division 1: Hon. William G. Clouse Jr.
- Judge Clouse has been on the bench since 2009.
- Prior to taking the bench, Judge Clouse served as a district judge, county attorney, and public defender.
- The Honorable Judge Logue joined the bar in 1989.
- Before she became a general circuit judge, she served as a family court judge.
Circuit Court Prosecutor
Prosecution of felonies is handled by the office of the Hon. David Smith. His office is located in Richmond. His office prosecutes offenses that have been indicted by the Clark County Grand Jury.