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1. Who receives a request?

1. Who receives a request?

The "custodian" of public records is "the public official or head of any public body having custody or control of a public record, or a representative specifically authorized by him to respond to requests to inspect any such public records." La. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 44:1(A)(3) (emphasis added). A person is the "custodian" of a public record if he or she has "control" over the records at issue; physical possession is not prerequisite. Times-Picayune Publishing Corp. v. Johnson, 645 So. 2d 1174 (La. App. 4th Cir.

1. Who receives a request?

Any official of any agency can be asked for public records. It is worth noting many older records are maintained by the records management program of the state information technology department. See N.D.C.C. Ch. 54-46. Inquiries for records that are no longer available through the relevant agency should be directed to this office. The records management program can be reached at (701) 328-3585.

1. Who receives a request?

The custodian of any public record. Wyo. Stat. § § 16-4-202, 203(1977).

1. Who receives a request?

Requests to inspect public records should be directed to the public “officer” who maintains custody of the documents.  While some agencies may have freedom of information officers assigned to disclosure requests, it is advisable also to direct such requests to the “person elected or appointed to hold any elective or appointive office of any public body and any chief administrative officer, head, director, superintendent or chairman of any public body.”  A.R.S. § 39-121.01(A)(1).

1. Who receives a request?

A request for a record should be presented to the custodian of the record or to the office in which the record is likely to be located.

1. Who receives a request?

Ohio law does not require that requesters direct their requests to any particular public agency, department, or employee. It is enough that the request go to the public office or official with custody of the records.

A request for court records is properly submitted to either the clerk or presiding judge since either one is a "person responsible" for the records. State ex rel. Highlander v. Rudduck, 103 Ohio St. 3d 370, 816 N.E.2d 213 (2004).

1. Who receives a request?

The request should be directed to the “custodian” of the records. Ark. Code Ann. § 25-19-105(a)(2)(A). The term “custodian” is defined as “the person having administrative control of that record,” but it does not include “a person who holds public records solely for the purposes of storage, safekeeping, or data processing for others.” Id. § 25-19-103(1)(A) & (B) (added by Act 1653 of 2001). Under this definition, an agency’s chief administrator should be considered the custodian, since he or she has ultimate control over its records.

1. Who receives a request?

An applicant must make a written application to the "custodian." § 10-614. "Custodian" is defined in § 10-611(c) to mean the official custodian or any other authorized individual who has physical custody and control of a public record.

1. Who receives a request?

The public body must designate the person to receive the request. 51 O.S. §§ 24A.5.6., 24A.6.

1. Who receives a request?

The request should be directed to the public official or employee who has custody of the records. The request need not be to the head of an agency or to a supervisor.