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Who can Request Records?

All “persons” have the right to inspect and copy disclosable public records. A “person” need not be a resident of California or a citizen of the United States to make use of the Act.13 “Persons” include corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, firms or associations.14 Often requesters include persons who have filed claims or lawsuits against the government, or who are investigating the possibility of doing so, or who just want to know what their government officials are up to. Local agencies and their officials are entitled to access public records on the same basis as any other person.15 Further, local agency officials may access public records of their own agency that are otherwise exempt when authorized to do so as part of their official duties.16 With certain exceptions, neither the media nor a person who is the subject of a public record has any greater right of access to public records than any other person.17

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