IV. RECORD CATEGORIES -- OPEN OR CLOSED

Note that depending upon specific circumstances other provisions of the Georgia Code may be applicable and override the Act.

Computer Records. The Act requires computer records to be disclosed according to the same guidelines as more traditional documents. O.C.G.A. § 50-18-70(a).

Juvenile Court Records. The Georgia Supreme Court has held that an absolute statutory rule mandating the closure of juvenile proceedings and records is unconstitutional. Florida Publishing Co. v. Morgan, 253 Ga. 467, 322 S.E.2d 233 (1984). In such proceedings, the public and press "must be given an opportunity to show that the state's or juveniles' interest [in closure] is not 'overriding' or 'compelling.'" Id. at 473. Additionally, the Georgia Juvenile Court Code requires access to proceedings and records where juveniles are accused of one on a long list of serious crimes or are repeat offenders. See O.C.G.A. § 15-11-78(b)(1) (permitting access to hearings pertaining to a "designated felony"); O.C.G.A. § 15-11-78(b)(2) (permitting access to hearings involving a child who has previously been adjudicated delinquent); O.C.G.A. § 15-11-82(b) (permitting access to law enforcement records where the juvenile is charged with a crime that must be adjudicated in an open proceeding).