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public record

n. any information, minutes, files, accounts or other records which a governmental body is required to maintain, and which must be accessible to scrutiny by the public. This includes the files of most legal actions. A court will take "judicial notice" of a public record (including hearsay in the record) introduced as evidence. For example: a recorded deed to show transfer of title or a criminal judgment are both public records.

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He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
About his life, as about those of many of our earlier writers, there remains only very fragmentary information, which in his case is largely pieced together from scattering entries of various kinds in such documents as court account books and public records of state matters and of lawsuits.
One reason perhaps is, that not one in fifty of the actual disasters and deaths by casualties in the fishery, ever finds a public record at home, however transient and immediately forgotten that record.
For three years that doubt about him in the minds of the jury who tried him has stood on public record.
Today we released the latest quarterly consumer credit trends report , this time focusing on the removal of civil public records from consumer credit reports.
According to Courthouse News Service, the Associated Press and other media organizations (among them, the Seattle Times, the Tacoma News Tribune and the Spokesman-Review) have filed a lawsuit against legislators in Washington state for failing to produce calendars, emails and other correspondence under the Public Records Act.
Two related bills would, among other things, look at removing some of the exemptions that have been tacked on to the existing public records law and limit how much agencies could charge for public records, which can be a significant barrier to openness.
Access to public records is a right rooted in the Florida Constitution and implemented through statute in the state of Florida.
It is Saunders' view that social media is used to link constituents to public records, and its contents are not public records.
A bill aimed to curtail public records shakedowns, SB 224, sponsored by Sen.
BOSTON -- In theory, Massachusetts public records are open to anyone -- but often are not freely available in practice.
The lawsuit sought to establish that private e-mail messages involving state business should be considered public records and therefore preserved for the public record.

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