I. STATUTE -- BASIC APPLICATION

OPEN RECORDS LAW

"Officers of government are trustees and servants of the people and it is in the public interest to enable any person to review and criticize their decisions even though such examination may cause inconvenience or embarrassment. All people, however, have a right to privacy in their personal and economic pursuits, which ought to be protected unless specific information is needed to review the action of a governmental officer. Consistent with these principles, the general assembly hereby declares that certain public records shall be made available to any person . . . . To that end, the provisions of this subchapter shall be liberally construed." 1 V.S.A. § 315.