CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE GUIDELINES FOR ACCESS TO PUBLIC RECORDS

California citizens have a right to access public information maintained by go vernment agencies, including the Department of Justice (Department). That right is provided for in the C alifornia Public Records Act and the state constitution, and it includes the right to inspect and copy records of state and local government agencies. As the Legislature stated in enactin g the C ali fornia Public Records Act, “access to information conc erning the conduct of the people’s business is a fundamental and necessary right of every person in this state.” The Department’s guidelines for access to public records rest on that principle.