Definition of Public Record
A public record is defined as including, “all books, papers, maps, photographs, cards, tapes, discs, diskettes, recordings, software, or other documentation regardless of physical form or characteristics, which are prepared, owned, used, in the possession of or retained by a public agency.” 1
Exemptions to Public Records
There are 42 exemptions. See KY Rev Stat § 61.878 (2021) for the complete list.
Who Can Make The Request?
3 Days. 2
Information on Fees
An agency cannot charge for searching, only for copying for noncommercial requests. For noncommercial, agencies can charge at actual cost for their time copying records. Commercial requests can have both search and copying charged for and this can be done at “reasonable” charge. The case Friend v. Rees, 696 S.W.2d 325 (Ky. Ct. App.,1985) found that 10 cents was a reasonable fee. 3
There are no penalties for a noncompliant agency, although if the requester wins in court attorneys fees can be covered and at the discretion of the court they may be awarded $25 per day the agency was in violation of the act. 4
Yes, if you prevail in your case. 5