Issue: What is the law governing access to public records in Louisiana?
|Area of Law:||Litigation & Procedure, Municipal, County and Local Law|
|Keywords:||Public records; Right to examine records; Circumstances|
|Cited Cases:||450 So. 2d 933; 433 So. 2d 1105|
|Cited Statutes:||La. Rev. Stat. § 44:31|
Louisiana’s Public Records Law provides that any adult is entitled to request and obtain access to and copies of public records:
§ 31. Right to examine records
B. (1) Except as otherwise provided in this Chapter or as otherwise specifically provided by law, and in accordance with the provisions of this Chapter, any person of the age of majority may inspect, copy, or reproduce any public record.
(2) Except as otherwise provided in this Chapter or as otherwise specifically provided by law, and in accordance with the provisions of this Chapter, any person may obtain a copy or reproduction of any public record.
La. Rev. Stat. § 44:31. This right to examine and obtain copies of documents “is not absolute and unqualified; it must be determined in light of the circumstances.” Title Research Corp. v. Rausch, 433 So. 2d 1105, 1109 (La. App. 1 Cir. 5/17/83) (stating further that the right to access public records must be balanced in each case against other public interests), rev’d […]