Criminal Records – Request Your Own

Access to criminal history summary records maintained by the DOJ is restricted by law to legitimate law enforcement purposes and authorized applicant agencies. However, individuals have the right to request a copy of their own criminal history record from the Department to review for accuracy and completeness. Requests from third parties are not authorized and […]

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 […]

California Public Records

Legislation enacting the California Public Records Act (hereinafter, “CPRA”) was signed in 1968, culminating a 15-year-long effort to create a general records law for California. Previously, one was required to look at the law governing the specific type of record in question in order to determine its disclosability. When the CPRA was enacted, an attempt […]