NOT TO BE PUBLISHED
February 6, 1996
In re: Garry Gampfer/Campbell County Circuit Court Clerk
OPEN RECORDS DECISION
This matter comes to the Attorney General as an apparent appeal by Garry Gampfer relative to his attempts to obtain copies of various documents from the Campbell County Circuit Court Clerk.
Mr. Gampfer 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 Campbell 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. Gampfer 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.
A party aggrieved by this decision may appeal it by initiating action in the appropriate circuit court pursuant to KRS 61.880(5) and KRS 61.882. 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 B. MAJORS
ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL
Garry Gampfer, #115732
Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex
P.O. Box 636
West Liberty, Kentucky 41472
Tom Calme, Clerk
Campbell County Circuit Court
330 York Street, Room 8
Newport, Kentucky 41071