The statute specifically authorizes the court "to order compliance," that is, production of the records sought. G.L. c. 66, § 10(b). In addition, court has general equitable powers to fashion appropriate remedies.
The reviewing court may affirm or reverse the agency’s decision and, in certain situations discussed below, award reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs.
The Law spells out what the court must include in its decision: “The decision of the court shall contain findings of fact and conclusions of law based upon the evidence as a whole. The decision shall clearly and concisely explain the rationale for the decision.” 65 Pa. C.S.A. §§ 67.1301(1), 1302(a).
The Law defines the record on appeal: “The record before a court shall consist of the request, the agency’s response, the appeal filed under section 1101, the hearing transcript, if any, and the final written determination of the appeals officer.” Id. § 67.1303(b).
The Act does not limit what judicial remedies are available. The court may issue a writ of mandamus directing a governmental body to produce records for public inspection. Depending on the circumstances, an injunction or declaratory judgment also may be appropriate remedies.