March 2, 2017 – A Very Important Day for Californians
Posted by Craig P. Alexander on March 18, 2017
While not getting front page news status – on March 2, 2017 two very important decisions were handed down by the Courts affecting Californian’s right to obtain documents from their government.
Two California courts on a single day broadened the public’s access to government documents via a California Public Records Act (“CPRA”) request.
In one case (City of San Jose v. Superior Court (Smith)), the California Supreme Court unanimously declared on March 2 that public officials’ e-mails and texts are in fact public documents, even when they are sent over personal devices.
In a related case on that same day, a state appeals court in Los Angeles declared that the public is allowed to seek “discovery” in lawsuits filed by requestors of public documents to enforce their rights in Court under the CPRA statute.
Both cases are widely seen as a victory for transparency, and a reaffirmation of the state’s Watergate-era California Public Records Act.
To read the rest of my post on this go to this link: One One Day in Two Decisions…