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1. Who receives a request?

1. Who receives a request?

Section 119.07(1)(a) states that “[e]very person who has custody of a public record shall permit the record to be inspected. . . .”  Thus, a request to inspect or copy public records should be made to the “custodian” of such records.

1. Who receives a request?

Each public governmental body is to provide a reasonable written policy, open to public inspection, regarding the release of information on any meeting, record or vote. Mo.Rev.Stat. §  610.028.2. When in doubt about a particular body's procedures, ask to review this written policy. Requests for access to public records should be directed to the custodian of those records. Each public governmental body is required by the Sunshine Law to appoint a custodian who is to be responsible for maintenance of that body's records. Mo.Rev.Stat. §  610.023.l.

1. Who receives a request?

Informal request is directed to the “custodian of the record.” SDCL § 1-27-35. The formal written request is made to the “public record officer of the public entity involved.” SDCL § 1-27-37.

1. Who receives a request?

The request can be made to any custodian of the records desired. It is often useful, however, to direct the request to the head of the agency having custody of the records.

1. Who receives a request?

The custodian of the document.

1. Who receives a request?

Requests for the right of personal inspection should be addressed to the official and/or designee of the official in charge of the records.  If the request is not submitted to the office that is the records custodian, in a latter lawsuit to obtain the records, a court will not have jurisdiction to hear the case State v. Odom, 2007 Tenn. Crim. App. LEXIS 305 (Tenn. Crim. App. April 13, 2007).

1. Who receives a request?

Requests should be directed to the agency possessing the desired records.

1. Who receives a request?

Requests should be made to persons with custody of the desired record(s). If the custodian is unknown, the request should be directed to the director of the agency or head of public body.

1. Who receives a request?

The written request should be made to the officer for public information, § 552.301(c), defined in § 552.201 as the "chief administrative officer of a governmental body." Also, each elected county officer is the officer for public information created or received by that county officer's office. § 552.201(b).

1. Who receives a request?

Often, the individual seeking access to public records will already know the specific record or document sought. Idaho’s Public Records Act does not require local agencies to specifically detail the types of records maintained by the agencies. However, the act requires every state agency to adopt guidelines that identify the general subject matter of all public records kept or maintained by the agency and to further identify the custodian and physical location of such documents. Idaho Code § 9-347.