Muskogee Lawyer BlogAre Records Held by Public Agencies Available for Public Viewing?

You Must Make a Proper Request

Video Transcribed: Are records held by public agencies available for public viewing? Hi, I’m Eric Strocen. I’m an attorney in Muskogee with the Wirth Law Offices, and I’m here to talk to you today about this important topic.

attorney in MuskogeeLet’s talk about things that may be relevant to your life. Things like police reports. Maybe some meeting minutes from a meeting of a local board might be of interest to you. There are several ways that you can access these. And a lot of these records have to be disclosed to you when you make a valid request.

Let’s first talk about an open records request. It basically is you requesting formally, under the statute that allows for it, for you to receive these documents for your own viewing. The agency has to make it available to you.

Recently, there was a court case that was kind of interesting, up at the Court of Appeals, because someone did one and they made it available. And what it basically said was, making it available was enough.

So if they say, “Hey, we’ll make it available at this time at this place.”, you probably want to get over there at that time, and that place, because that Court of Appeals decision actually went for, in this case, I believe, it was the police department.

So they do have to make these things available to you when you make a proper request. And there are, different requirements, depending on their internal policies, but it’s a way for them to document these requests, and for you to get access to those files.

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