Kentucky Court of Justice
Parts of Fayette Circuit Courthouse may reopen Nov. 4

Press Release Date:  Monday, October 28, 2013  
Contact Information:  Jamie Neal
Public Information Specialist
502-573-2350, x 50033

FRANKFORT, Ky.-- Plans are for the majority of the Robert F. Stephens Circuit Courthouse in Lexington to reopen Monday, Nov. 4, and for the remaining areas to reopen in approximately four to six weeks. The courthouse at 120 N. Limestone St. has been closed since Monday, Oct. 21, following a water line break during the evening hours of Oct. 20. The break caused extensive damage to sections of the first through fourth floors of the courthouse.

“We have crews working diligently on getting the courthouse back up and running as quickly as possible,” said Vance Mitchell, manager of the Division of Capital Construction for the Administrative Office of the Courts. “We anticipate having the areas with the least amount of damage available for public use the first week of November while work continues in the sections that were hardest hit.” 

The entire first and fourth floors of the courthouse, a courtroom on the second floor and a courtroom on the third floor of the building may be open Nov. 4. The first floor includes the Fayette County Office of Circuit Court Clerk. In the meantime, the Office of Circuit Court Clerk is fully functional and operating out of the adjacent District Court building.

No scheduled hearings or trials have been canceled during the closure, but most Circuit Court events have been relocated. Contact the Fayette County Office of Circuit Court Clerk at 859-246-2228 or 859-246-2141 to learn where the events will take place.

Juror orientation on Thursday, Oct. 31, will take place at the Circuit Courthouse as originally scheduled. Jurors are to report to the multipurpose room on the first floor of the Circuit Courthouse for orientation at 9:30 a.m.

Administrative Office of the Courts
As the administrative and fiscal agent for the state court system, the AOC oversees the construction and maintenance of court facilities statewide. The AOC also supports the activities of nearly 3,300 Kentucky Court of Justice employees and 403 elected justices, judges and circuit court clerks.