District Criminal – Traffic
Hall of Justice, 1st Floor, Rooms 1127, 1146
Hours: 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. (After-hours services are limited; see * below.)
Starting Saturdays at 3:30 p.m., the District Criminal division is on limited services and resumes full services at 7:30 a.m. on Monday mornings. There is staff on duty and available to process Bonds, Mental Health Petitions and Domestic Violence Petitions only during this weekend timeframe. Fines and costs can always be made at Kycourts.gov or by phone at 1-866-396-1751.
The District Criminal division is the largest in the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office. It provides bench clerks for all District Court criminal cases, including in-custody arraignment and night courts. This division maintains all the open case files for these courts.
The following is an abbreviated list of transactions that are handled in the District Criminal Division Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.:
- Accepts fines (both court-ordered and citations)
- Accepts proof for certain citation offenses
- Assigns and reschedules court dates
- Accepts proof of completed volunteer work
- Assists people seeking information pertaining to the arrest of family members and/or friends, either by phone or at the customer service counter
Note: Bonds may be posted anytime (24 x 7 x 365) with the exception of property bonds, which may only be posted Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In addition to the above, this division handles filings for emergency Mental Inquest Warrants (MIWs) on weekdays from 4 p.m. to 8:30 a.m., and 24 hours a day on holidays and weekends.
*Reduced services (MIWs and posting of bonds) are offered during the third shift Monday through Saturday, with reduced services on all shifts on Sunday.
Forms of Payment
- Cashier’s Checks and Money Orders are accepted. Personal checks are not accepted.
- Credit cards (There is a $5 third-party transaction fee for using a credit card.)
- Debit cards (There is a $2 third-party transaction fee for using a debit card.)
ATMs are located on most OCCC premises. These are owned by a private company, and the OCCC has no participation in their use or operation. Any convenience fees that are charged go directly to the ATM owner/provider.
Paying Citations (Prepayables)
Payments must be made at least three (3) business days prior to your court date.
You can make online payments 24/7/365 at the Kentucky Court of Justice website under “Pay Fine/Fee” at kycourts.gov.
In addition, you can pay by phone, mail or in-person.
To pay by phone, call (866) 396-1751 or contact the District Criminal/Traffic Division at (502) 595-4428.
In-person payments can be made at the District Criminal/Traffic Division at the Louis D. Brandeis Hall of Justice, 600 W. Jefferson St., 40202, Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. You must have the citation in order to make a payment.
Traffic Citation Options
If you get a traffic citation in Jefferson County, you have several options:
- Appear in court (with or without an attorney) to contest the charges
- Apply for Drive Safe Louisville
- Apply for Kentucky State Traffic School
- Prepay the citation (if eligible)
Note: The Office of the Circuit Court Clerk does not endorse one option over another, nor does it give legal advice.
For more information about attending Traffic Court and zoom/online options, visit https://jeffersondistrictcourt.com/court-appearance-information/
Requests to redocket/reschedule a case can be made only by the defendant or defendant’s attorney at the customer service counters on the first floor of the Louis D. Brandeis Hall of Justice. A case may be rescheduled for an earlier date than was initially scheduled, but may not be continued to a later date without judicial approval.
To request a later date, go to the District Court Administrator’s Office on the third floor of the Hall of Justice to obtain a judge’s signature.
Paying Fines and Court Costs/Accepting Proof
This division can accept proof of insurance with a formal letter from the carrier signed by the agent. It also accepts proof of repairs for citations involving motor vehicles, proof of registration, proof of operator’s licenses and proof of court-ordered community service.