|Welcome to the Official Website of the Commonwealth’s Attorney for the 22nd Judicial Circuit. Our office prosecutes felony cases which occur in Fayette County, the state’s second most populated county with more than 321,959 residents (2017). These cases include homicide, robbery, assault, burglary, sexual assault, theft, drug crime, and many others. The cases we prosecute are investigated and brought to us by peace officers, primarily the Lexington Police Department.
We believe in Fairness in Prosecution, Responsibility for Violations of the Law, and Rights for Victims.
The role of the prosecutor is unique. The prosecutor must Protect the Rights of Victims as guaranteed by the Kentucky Crime Victim Bill of Rights, Protect the Constitutional Rights Of Defendants, and to Protect the Rights of Citizens to be Safe in their Community.
Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Palmore described the role of the Commonwealth’s Attorney like this:
Likewise, the prosecutor must ensure that crime victims receive the help they need to navigate the confusion of the criminal justice system – this office actively works to keep crime victims informed and we strive to help them find resources to get their lives back on track.
Our website contains information about the court system, court decisions, programs, various services provided by our office, as well as other helping-agencies in our community. You are welcome to tell us how we may make this website more helpful and informational. Thank you for visiting and we hope you will return as we continue to report criminal justice news.