The California Public Records Act (CPRA)

“Public record” is “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.” What constitutes a writing? A writing is defined as “any handwriting, typewriting, printing, photostating, photographing, photocopying, transmitting by electronic mail or facsimile, and every other means of recording upon any form of communication or representation…and any record thereby created, regardless of the manner in which the record has been stored.”A public records request need not state its purpose or the use to which the record will be put by the requester. A requester does not have to justify or explain the reason for exercising his or her fundamental right of access.