Georgia

4. Any other recourse to encourage a response.

Under O.C.G.A. § 50-18-73, the superior courts have jurisdiction to entertain actions to enforce compliance with the Act. Such actions may be brought by any entity or by the Attorney General. O.C.G.A. § 50-18-73(a). The Office of the Attorney General has established an informal mediation program whereby citizens requesting information may submit complaints and ensure that local governments fulfill their obligations under the Act.

J. Money-making schemes.

Agencies are required by the Act to use the most economical means available for providing copies of public records.  50-18-71(e).

A. Who can request records?

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6. Time limit for filing suit.

The Act requires that a suit seeking to invalidate an official agency action be filed within 90 days from the contested action. O.C.G.A. § 50-14-1(b). Suits contesting a zoning decision of a local governing authority made during a closed meeting in violation of the Act must be commenced within the time allowed by law for appeal of such zoning decision. O.C.G.A. § 50-14-1(b). The Act contains no time limit for commencing suits seeking to make minutes or agendas from past meetings available to the public.

F. Interviewing petit jurors and grand jurors

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Members of a grand jury in Georgia take a statutorily-prescribed oath to keep deliberations of the grand jury secret (O.C.G.A.

(2). Are minutes a public record?

The minutes of special or emergency meetings are public records, as are those of regular meetings. O.C.G.A. § 50-14-1(e)(2).

3. Pro se.

A suit to enforce the Act may be brought pro se but legal assistance may be useful in presenting the issues and expediting their resolution. See also O.C.G.A. § 50-18-73(b) (authorizing the award of attorney fees to the prevailing party under certain circumstances).

J. Election records.

The Act does not exempt election records. See Rentz v. City of Moultrie, 231 Ga. 579, 203 S.E.2d 216 (1974) (special election petition is public record).

C. What records are and are not subject to the act?

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