February 7, 1995

IN RE: Joseph Hobbs/McCracken County Circuit Court Clerk's Office


This matter comes to the Attorney General as an apparent appeal by Joseph Hobbs relative to his attempts to obtain copies of various documents from the McCracken County Circuit Court Clerk's Office.

A request was made by Mr. Hobbs to the Circuit Court Clerk's Office for copies of specific documents and the clerk's office has not or will not furnish the items requested.

This office has consistently concluded that records of the court system are not governed by the terms and provisions of the Open Records Act. In Ex Parte Farley, Ky., 570 S.W.2d 617, 624 (1978), the Kentucky Supreme Court said "that the custody and control of the records generated by the courts in the course of their work are inseparable from the judicial function itself, and are not subject to regulation." See also York v. Commonwealth, Ky.App., 815 S.W.2d 415 (1991); KRS 26A.200 and KRS 26A.220; and 94-ORD-105.

We, therefore, conclude that the McCracken County Circuit Court Clerk's Office did not violate the terms and provisions of the Kentucky Open Records Act as KRS 61.870 through KRS 61.884 are not applicable to the records of the court system. Such records are subject to the control and direction of the Kentucky Supreme Court.

Mr. Hobbs may challenge this decision by initiating action in the appropriate circuit court pursuant to KRS 61.880(5) and KRS 61.882 within thirty days from the date of this decision. The Attorney General shall be notified of any actions filed in the circuit court pursuant to KRS 61.880(3) but that statute also provides that the Attorney General shall not be named as a party in any actions involving the Open Records Act.



Amye B. Majors

Assistant Attorney General

(502) 564-7600


Copies of this decision have been mailed to:

Joseph Hobbs 113012

Kentucky State Reformatory

3001 West Highway 146

LaGrange, Ky 40032

McCracken County Circuit Court Clerk's Office

P.O. Box 1455

Paducah, Ky 42002-1455