Whitesburg KY

Justices drop plan to open up courts


An effort by Kentucky justices to make state courts more open has been dropped more than a year after being proposed.

Chief Justice John D. Minton told The Courier-
last week that he allowed the proposal to drop after he was able to get the judicial branch’s expenditures and contracts posted on the state’s “OpenDoor” website.

The newspaper reported that requests to three judicial branch agencies this month for records routinely released by state government were denied.

Administrative Office of the Courts spokeswoman Leigh Ann Hiatt said in a statement last week that the judicial branch of state government has an “unwritten policy” of doing business in an open manner. The statement said that system is working effectively, so it was unnecessary to implement a written procedure.

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