A civil action should be brought in circuit court within sixty days from the time of the alleged violation. Alternatively, a request may be filed with the Public Access Counselor established in the Office of the Attorney General. This, too, should be filed within sixty days of the alleged violation. See 5 ILCS 120/3.5.
The Attorney General may issue binding opinions or advisory opinions to public bodies regarding compliance with this Act. A review may be initiated upon receipt of a written request from the head of the public body or its attorney. See 5 ILCS 120/3.5(e) and (h). A public body that relies in good faith on an advisory opinion of the Attorney General in complying with the requirements of this Act is not liable for penalties under this Act, so long as the facts upon which the opinion is based have been fully and fairly disclosed to the Public Access Counselor. See 5 ILCS 120/3.5(h).
The Open Meetings Act provides for enforcement by allowing for appeal to the Attorney General concerning a public agency’s violation of the Act. Ky. Rev. Stat. 61.846(2). A complaining party should "forward to the Attorney General a copy of the written complaint and a copy of the written denial within sixty (60) days from receipt by that party of the written denial." Id. The Attorney General will review the submitted materials and issue a decision within ten (10) business days. Id. The decision will state whether the public agency violated the Act. Id.
North Carolina has no formal form or procedure, other than court action, for enforcing or obtaining rulings concerning the Open Meetings Law.
Experience has proven that the most effective informal remedy for enforcement of the Open Meetings Law is publicity concerning the public body’s course of action, which often serves to galvanize public opinion, to embarrass public officials who participate in excluding the public and concealing their own actions, and to give comfort and encouragement to public officials who favor openness.
Under the Oregon Public Meetings Law, there is no administrative process for an informal determination as to proper use of executive session or other kinds of public meetings questions. The Attorney General is of assistance but does not have the statutorily delegated powers which are found in the Public Records Law. A ruling must be sought in circuit court.
Under the South Carolina act, relief in the form of an injunction or a declaratory judgment may be sought from the Court of Common Pleas. The action is initiated by the filing of a summons and complaint. Rule 3, South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure.
The Public Meetings Act does not set forth procedural requirements for right of access. Venue calls for the court in the county in which the meeting took place is the proper place to seek relief from the courts.