NOT TO BE PUBLISHED
In re: Ricky Wells/Warren County Circuit Court Clerk
OPEN RECORDS DECISION
This matter comes to the Attorney General as an apparent appeal by Ricky Wells relative to his attempts to obtain copies of various documents from the Warren County Circuit Court Clerk.
Mr. Wells requested various documents from the Circuit Court Clerk 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 held 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 Warren County Circuit Court Clerk did not violate the terms and provisions of the Kentucky Open Records Act. 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. Wells may appeal this decision by initiating action in the appropriate circuit court. Pursuant to KRS 61.880(3), the Attorney General should be notified of any action in circuit court, but should not be named as a party in that action or in any subsequent proceeding.
A. B. CHANDLER III
AMYE L. BENSENHAVER
ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL
Ricky Wells, #102451
1200 River Road
P.O. Box 9300
Central City, Kentucky 42330-9300
Patricia Howell Goad
Warren Circuit Court Clerk
925 Center Street
P.O. Box 2170
Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101