The California Public Records Act


The California Public Records Act (the Act) was enacted in 1968 to guarantee the public's right to access government records, ensuring transparency and accountability. It has since been recodified in 2023, without any substantive changes to the Act.

Under the Act, the public is entitled to copies of identifiable, non-exempt public records. The Act requires the County to provide access to, or copies of, records responsive to your request that are in its possession, subject to certain exceptions, pursuant to Government Code §7927.500, et seq. The Act does not require the County to provide information, answer questions, or create records that do not exist.