Open Records Request

The public can request access to the administrative records of the state court system through an Open Records Policy adopted by the Supreme Court of Kentucky. The policy applies to the Administrative Office of the Courts, the operations arm of the court system. It is in the form of an Administrative Procedure of the Kentucky Court of Justice, which carries the weight of law under the state constitution.

How to Submit an Open Records Request for Administrative Records

You can learn how to submit an open records request to the AOC’s records custodian in Section 6 of the Open Records Policy. Requests can be emailed to OpenRecords@kycourts.net. The AOC will respond within three business days regarding its decision to comply with or deny the request.

How to Request Court Case Records

There is a different process to request court case records, which are considered public record unless made confidential by statute or ordered to be sealed by a judge. Therefore, the Open Records Policy for the AOC does not apply to records of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Circuit Court or District Court. 

District Court and Circuit Court: Available from the Office of Circuit Court Clerk in each of the 120 counties. For contact information, click here and scroll down to Find a Court/Circuit Court Clerk by County. 

Kentucky Court of Appeals: Available from the Clerk of the Kentucky Court of Appeals, 502-573-7920

Supreme Court of Kentucky: Available from the Clerk of the Supreme Court, 502-564-5444

Requesting Older Court Case Records

Records 15-35 Years Old: The State Records Center stores court records 15-35 years old. Submit this records request form to state.records@ky.gov or call 502-564-3617. The case and locator numbers must be provided as these records cannot be searched only by name and/or Social Security number. You can request the case and locator numbers from the Office of Circuit Court Clerk in the county where the case was handled. For contact information, click here and scroll down to Find a Court/Circuit Court Clerk by County. 

Records 36+ Years Old: The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives stores court records 36+ years old. To request court records from the KDLA, email kdla.archives@ky.gov or call 502-564-1787.