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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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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.
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.
The essence of the public records law is relatively simple: Every person has the right to inspect or copy any public record of any public agency.
Montana's social media policy says that any communication to or from state personnel that uses social media is presumed to be a public record.
The question is how [appropriate electronic communications] get pulled into the permanent public record files so the citizens are sure their business is being done appropriately," he said.
Public Record Retriever Network: Membership Directory 2010" is a guide to helping the public record searcher find the agency they need to find the record they want in America's massive database.
The content of an electronic document determines whether or not it is a public record and the district's corresponding retention obligation.
a publisher of public record research publications) and Hetherington (a licensed private investigator and president of the Hetherington Group) provide guidance to finding public records and public information online.
Although public records were traditionally accessed locally in county courthouses and government records centers, public record keepers in some states and localities have more recently been maintaining electronic images of their records.
The Public Record Research Tips Book: Insider Information for Effective Public Record Research" is a complete and comprehensive guide to expertly searching the government's public records files--covering all aspects of it.

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