New information has been released regarding court dates and driver's license renewals locally.

“As social distancing becomes even more critical during the pandemic, the Judicial Branch remains open for business,” stated Barren County Circuit Court Clerk Krissie Coe Fields. 
“We continue to make changes that will ensure access to the courts while protecting the health and safety of court personnel and the public.”

The Barren County Circuit Court Clerks Office lobby is open for the filing of Emergency Protective Orders and Distribution of Paperwork and Patron Terminal access. Staff contact is limited, and staff is working on a 50/50 schedule per orders of the Kentucky Supreme Court. Our phones are being answered and all efforts are being made to assist callers. If your call involves legal advice, we are forbidden to provide that information. You can reach the Circuit Clerk’s Office at 270-651-2561 or 270-651-9830. Any fillings, payments or communication can be dropped in our drop box on the south side to the courthouse at the awning or mailed to P.O. Box 1359, Glasgow, KY 42142-1359. Please include a phone number so they can contact you in the event of questions.

The court dockets are limited to emergency and time-sensitive matters, including but not limited to, domestic violence hearings, emergency custody hearings, temporary child support hearings, evidentiary hearings in criminal cases, in-custody arraignments, in-custody preliminary hearings under RCr 3.10, in-custody juvenile detention hearings. Due the current situation they are operating under a different way of doing business to serve citizens, legal and law enforcement communities. They are relying more on technology with video conference, Skype, Zoom and Telephonic technology to conduct business and maintain social distance.

All civil and criminal dockets are cancelled, unless a judge determines in his or her discretion that a matter requires prompt attention. Judges must use available telephonic and video technology to conduct all hearings, unless the parties are unable to participate remotely. Small Claims and Forcible Detainer’s court proceedings and jury services are postponed until further notice.

Family Court questions can be sent to barrenmetcalfefamilycourts@gmail.com; District Court questions call 270-651-9839; Circuit Court questions can be sent to Krystal Cooper at krystalbrown@kycourts.net or Krissy Parker at krissyparker@kycourts.net. The most recent Order of the Supreme Court limits in-person court proceeding until April 24, 2020.

Driver’s License Operations Suspended Until Further Notice:

As of March 18, Governor Andy Beshear ordered all government offices offering in-person services closed to the public indefinitely, including all driver’s license issuance locations. This means they cannot issue any ID cards or driver’s licenses. The Kentucky State Police have suspended driver testing until further notice. Therefore, they are unable to conduct business within the Driver’s License Division until further notice. The Barren County Circuit Clerk’s extended and Saturday hours for Driver’s License issuance are suspended until further notice.

Governor Beshear declared until further notice the renewal date for Kentucky operator’s license, ID cards, and permits shall be extended for a 90-day period, subsequent to its current expiration date;

During the 90-day extension period, such driver’s licenses shall be considered in full force and effect as if timely renewal;

This also applies to all commercial driver’s license holders.

“I understand this is a difficult time for everyone, but I ask for your patience and understanding during this time,” Fields said. “The Judicial Branch provides essential, constitutionally mandated services to the citizens of the commonwealth. The Justice System is still here to serve you, it is just on a limited and emergency basis.”

Please feel free to contact Fields at 270-651-2561 or you can find ongoing court updates on the COVID-19 and kycourts.gov.

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