WORCESTER – Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. and two other DAs intend to appeal a judge’s order siding with the attorney general in a public records dispute, a decision likely to add expense to a taxpayer-footed bill that stands at around $80,000.

Court records show Mr. Early and his colleagues in Cape Cod and Plymouth County filed notice Friday that they intend to appeal a Nov. 29 Suffolk Superior Court ruling compelling them to turn over data to The Boston Globe.

The lawsuit, brought by Attorney General Maura T. Healey, is believed to be the first in which the AG sued to enforce the state’s public records law. The supervisor of public records, which enforces the public records law, repeatedly ordered Mr. Early and the others to turn over information it deemed public, but the DAs refused.

The Globe in 2015 asked prosecutors across the state for comprehensive lists of criminal cases filed in their jurisdictions. Eight DAs and the attorney general’s office complied, with the remaining three DAs arguing that the information was exempt from public records law.

The Nov. 29 decision sides with the attorney general and orders Mr. Early and the others to turn over the data. Mr. Early’s office, which Wednesday estimated it has spent $26,860 on outside legal counsel for the case, declined to answer questions about why he intends to appeal or whether the expenditure of public money was a factor in the decision.

“We’re going to let the appeal filing speak for itself,” Deputy Communications Director Lindsay Corcoran said in an email.

The DAs would normally would rely on the attorney general to defend them, but can’t in this case because the AG sued them.

They are splitting the cost of legal representation from Boston lawyer Thomas R. Kiley three ways, which would place the total public expenditure to date at about $80,000.