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Delaware Freedom of Information Act Request Form

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Delaware

Freedom of Information Act Form

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Overview:

The Delaware Freedom of Information Act grants access to the public to obtain public records that are held by the government. Public records include any information of any kind owned, made and used by the government. This is a template form for requesting public information in Delaware inline with the Freedom of Information Act.

Name of State Act:

Freedom of Information Act

  • Exemptions:

    Personnel files, medical files, student files, trade documents, investigative documents, intelligence documents, donations to charity, collective bargaining, current lawsuits

  • Response Time:

    15 Business Days

  • Restrictions

    None

Frequently Asked Questions about

Delaware Freedom of Information Act Request Form

We have curated some of the most commonly asked questions for you.

What is the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)?

The Delaware Supreme Court emphasizes public policies underlying the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to be to “ensure governmental accountability, inform the electorate, and acknowledge that public entities, as instruments of government, should not have the power to decide what is good for the public to know.” The Attorney General of Delaware further states, “It is vital in a democratic society that public business be performed in an open and public manner so that our citizens shall have the opportunity to observe the performance of public officials and to monitor the decisions that are made by such officials in formulating and executing public policy; and further, it is vital that citizens have easy access to public records in order that the society remain free and democratic.”

What information is not covered by the Freedom of Information Act?

Some information is exempt from release externally under FOIA. Some examples are:

  1. Personal, medical or pupil files
  2. Trade secrets and commercial or financial information
  3. Investigatory files
  4. Criminal files and criminal records
  5. Intelligence files
  6. Records specifically exempt by statute or common law
  7. Federal statutes and regulations
  8. State statutes and regulations
  9. Constitutional exemptions
  10. Common law privileges
  11. Charitable contributions
  12. Labor negotiations
  13. Pending or potential litigation
  14. Record of discussions held in executive session
  15. Persons with a permit to carry a concealed deadly weapon
  16. Public library users
  17. Department of Corrections records
  18. Investigative files maintained by the Violent Crimes Compensation Board
  19. Visual or audio recordings of postmortem examinations in the Office of Chief Medical Examiner
  20. Certain records that if released could jeopardize security of State facilities or of its political subdivisions, or could facilitate the planning of a terrorist attack, or could endanger the life or physical safety of an individual

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