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Litigation & Trial Law

Public Records Disputes

Frequently asked questions regarding public records

How do I access and examine a public record? 

A person has the right to examine and copy and to publish or otherwise disseminate public records.  The right to examine includes the right to examine a public record without charge while the public record is in the physical possession of the lawful custodian.  The right to copy includes the right to photograph or make photographic copies while the records are in the possession of the lawful custodian.

Can I be charged for obtaining copies of public records?  

Iowa’s Public Records Act requires the lawful custodian to provide any person a reasonable number of copies of any public record if copy equipment is available at the office of the custodian.  The custodian is authorized to charge a reasonable fee for the services of supervising the records during the examination and copying and for copies provided.

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