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Outline of the Law

Outline: The Law of Open Records and Open Meetings (364k PDF)

This outline contains a summary of the laws pertaining to Kentucky's Open Records and Open Meetings Acts, and how those laws have been interpreted by the Attorney General and the courts. The Attorney General provides the outline to assist public officials and others in complying with these laws. Although the outline contains references to specific cases and decisions regarding the application of the Open Records and Open Meetings Acts to particular situations, the reader should be aware that requests for public records, and complaints about public meetings, must be evaluated on a case by case basis, and that the authorities cited are not necessarily dispositive of a particular request or complaint. In addition, while the authorities cited are current as of May, 2003, the outline does not reflect any subsequent legislative or judicial changes in the law.

The booklet was published by the Attorney General in May 2003 and updated in February 2006. It is designed to assist in legal research of open records and open meetings issues.