In a three-paragraph response, the attorney general’s office rejected an appeal for records sought from the Hardin Circuit Clerk.

The filing by Kyle Thompson cited the Open Records Act and asked the clerk to provide copies of records related to a grand jury proceeding. The law is not binding on the judicial branch of government so the clerk’s office was not required to comply, the decision explained.

The attorney general’s office is charged with resolving open records disputes and dismissed the appeal.

Thompson said the clerk’s office was custodian of records he sought which originated with the commonwealth’s attorney’s office.

Some criminal and civil actions and filings are available and open for electronic inspection from the circuit clerk. Grand jury proceedings are, by law, conducted in private.

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