Definition of Public Record
Records include all documents, no matter the physical form, “made or received pursuant to law or ordinance in connection with the transaction of public business by any agency.” 1
Exemptions to Public Records
Exempt: Confidential legal communications; criminal investigations; and intelligence information. 2
Who Can Make The Request?
There is no time limit. Section § 132-6 of the North Carolina Public Records Law states that a custodian of public records shall make them available “at reasonable times and under reasonable supervision by any person, and shall, as promptly as possible, furnish copies thereof upon payment of any fees as may be prescribed by law.” 3
Information on Fees
Agencies are only allowed to charge copying fees, unless an “extensive amount of labor” is involved. The State Chief Information Office can mediate fees. 4
Enforcement through Civil Court. 5
Yes, you can win attorney’s fees.