public record


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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 Florida Supreme Court reiterated this holding in 1922 when it held, "A public record is one required by law to be kept, or necessary to be kept in the discharge of a duty imposed by law, or directed by law to serve as a memorial and evidence of something written, said, or done." (3)
Public Record Media wants to see what the retail giant was promised in exchange for coming to Minnesota.
The paper argued that the text messages were public record and when the city failed to produce the texts requested, it violated the public records act.
But experts say local governments have started adopting the tactic as well, asking judges to "clarify" public record law rather than simply deny requests under existing exempt ions.
The (https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3479637-S218066.html#document/p3/a341068) decision means text messages and emails sent by public employees are a matter of public record if they deal with government business.
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. Format, then, is not a factor; content is.
Galvin about his efforts to enforce the state's public record laws, one gets the impression he feels like a referee stripped of his whistle.
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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