There is no centralized online location to do an arrest warrant search for Martin County, KY. Despite the existence of a county website (http://www.martincounty.ky.gov/) which includes links to all elected officials, including the county sheriff’s office, there is no link to a list of outstanding warrants for Martin County. The county has less than 13,000 residents. It is also a “dry” county where the sale of alcohol is prohibited. However, there is still a crime in the area. From 2005 through 2008, almost 350 crimes were reported, 13 of which were classified as violent crimes.
Sometimes a search regarding outstanding warrants or arrest records requires a bit more digging and perhaps even a little imagination. Think about the different agencies within Kentucky which might handle active warrants. Since warrants are typically connected with criminal cases, it makes sense that one resource for information on outstanding warrants would be the court system, correct? In Kentucky, as in most other states, there are trial-level courts, courts of intermediate appeals, and supreme courts for the state. Thus, to obtain information on active warrants, arrests, and executed warrants in Martin County, it makes sense to check court dockets for both the trial (or local) judiciary and also records maintained at the state level.
There are actually two levels of trial-level courts, the district courts and the circuit courts in Kentucky. District courts in Kentucky deal with “minor” cases, including criminal misdemeanors. The circuit courts of Kentucky handle civil and criminal matters; they specifically handle more serious cases in the criminal realm, including felony cases. Generally, searches for active warrants will not deal with those cases handled by the district courts. However, the possibility that an active warrant is connected to a district court case does exist, so searches for arrest warrants and arrest record information in Martin County should include a review of information at the district court. Most outstanding warrant searches will pertain to cases handled by the circuit court.
While it might seem best to contact the court handling a case (or even the judge), actually, the office to contact is the county court clerk. In Martin County, the clerk’s office hours are from 8 AM to 4:30 PM Mondays through Fridays, with extended evening hours on some Thursdays. The Martin County Clerk of Court’s office, which maintains court dockets and court records, is located in the Martin County Courthouse at 430 Court St., Inez, KY 41224. Their telephone number is 606-298-3508.