Judges rule public records are, well, public
- Judges rule public records are, well, public
An Arizona school has been rebuffed in its efforts to obtain a court ruling
that it doesn’t have to provide access to public records to district
residents and has been ordered to pay attorneys’ fees to those it sued.
The case came out of arguments in the Congress Elementary School District
in Arizona, where officials objected to the number of public records
requests – several dozen – submitted by various parents and community members.
(http://conservativebyte.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/100310congress.jpg) The district sued the parents to obtain a court ruling that officials
would not have to provide access to records but was turned backed by the
Arizona Court of Appeals. The court not only said the request really didn’t make
much sense but that the school must pay attorneys’ fees and costs to the
The Goldwater Institute, which represented the parents, said the appellate
decision matched the conclusion reached earlier by a district court.
“Hopefully, district officials will stop trying to silence these women and
instead will start following the law,” said Clint Bolick, the litigation
director for the organization.
Congress School District v. Warren
PHOENIX — The Arizona Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court's decision in
a public records suit involving a rural school district north of
The appeals court ruled Thursday in favor of the Goldwater Institute
watchdog group in rebuking the Congress (Ariz.) Elementary School District for
its efforts to deny public information sought by four parents.
The women have sought records ranging over the past 10 years from school
board meeting minutes and agendas to their children's school records.
The school district filed a lawsuit in January 2010 accusing the women of
abusing public records requests. The suit sought to ban the women from
requesting public records without first seeking permission from a court.
The lawsuit was rejected by the Yavapai County Superior Court last April,
but the district appealed.
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