The People's Business: A Guide to the California Public Records Act

The Public Records Act (PRA) defines "public records" as "any writing containing information relating to the conduct of the public's business prepared, owned, used, or retained by any state or local agency regardless of physical form or characteristics." This guide provides the basics of the PRA, information on responding to public records requests, judicial review and remedies, records management, and more. 

This publication is provided for general information only and is not offered or intended as legal advice. Readers should seek the advice of an attorney when confronted with legal issues and attorneys should perform an independent evaluation of the issues raised in these materials.

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