The Louisiana Public Records Act allows anyone to request public records without a statement of purpose. Here is a template for requesting public records in Louisiana that complies with the Public Records Act.
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Public Records Act
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We have curated some of the most commonly asked questions for you.
What is a “Public Record”?
LSA-R.S. 44:1A (2) (a) provides the definition of “public records” and the definition is rather detailed and lengthy. Suffice it to say that any documentary materials without regard to their physical form or characteristics, which were used, are being used, or which were retained for use by a “Public Body” are public records for the purposes of Title 44 Chapter 1. So the definition is a very broad definition.
Are there any limitations on who can examine the records?
Section 31 provides that any person may obtain a copy or reproduction of any public record, except as otherwise provided. Any person over 18 has the right to inspect and copy or get a copy of a public record that is not exempt from examination, and the custodian has the burden of proving that the record is not subject to inspection. The person may apply in person to the custodian of the public body, to inspect, to copy or to reproduce a public record; however, in Elliot v. District Attorney of Baton Rouge, (1995) 664 So.2d. 122, the court opined that a person could make a request by letter.
What information will I be required to give to gain access to the public records?
When an in-person request is made, the only information that the custodian may obtain from the person requesting the record is his age and identification, but, he can be required to sign a register.
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