Georgia

4. Other.

Public university foundation records are subject to the Act’s disclosure requirements.

G. Trial records

Overview

Georgia

U.S.C.R. 21 provides that: “all court records are public and are to be available for public inspection unless public access is limited by law or by the procedure set forth below.” This includes trial records. See Green v. Drinnon, Inc., 262 Ga. 264, 265 (1992) (holding that tape or transcript of a judge’s remarks in open court must be made available for public inspection based on U.S.C.R. 21).

D. Are segregable portions of records containing exempt material available?

The Act expressly "directs a narrow construction of its exclusions, exempting 'only that portion of a public record to which an exclusion is directly applicable.'" Board of Regents v. Atlanta Journal and Constitution, 259 Ga. 214, 215-16, 378 S.E.2d 305 (1989) (emphasis in original) (quoting what is now O.C.G.A. § 50-18-72(g)). See also Hardaway Co. v. Rives, 262 Ga. 631, 422 S.E.2d 854 (1992) (same standard applies when non-disclosure is sought based on exemptions found outside the Act).

e. Additional material

Apart from the subpoena, additional materials appropriate for a motion to quash would depend on the circumstances of the case.

4. For ruling on future meetings.

Georgia's superior courts have great discretion to grant injunctive relief. Relief applicable only to future proceedings could be pleaded for at any time. However, equitable relief is generally unavailable where violations of the Act are fully consummated and further violations are not imminent. Wiggins v. Board of Comm'rs. of Tift Cty., 258 Ga. App.

a. Records of the executives themselves.

Records of the executive of public offices and departments fall under the definition of public records. See O.C.G.A. § 50-18-70(a).

a. Definition.

Regular meetings are those held in accordance with a regular schedule and at a regular meeting place. O.C.G.A. § 50-14-1(d).

b. Need to address fee issues.

The Act does not specifically require that the requesting party address fee issues in the request.

F. Trial records

Overview

Georgia

As in any civil case, members of the public and press have a presumptive right of access to all records filed with the court, including those used at trial. See U.S.C.R. 21. “Superior courts may restrict or prohibit access to court records only if they do so in compliance with the requirements of [Uniform Superior Court] Rule 21.” In re Motion of the Atlanta-Journal-Constitution, 271 Ga. 436, 437 (1988). See also Green v. Drinnon Inc., 262 Ga.

4. Public matter message on private hardware.

A public matter message on private hardware is subject to the Act’s disclosure requirements.