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Public Records Act Deskbook: Washington's Public Disclosure and Open Public Meetings Laws

Publication Year: 2d ed. 2014 and 2020 Supplement   Publication Type: Deskbook


As updated in 2020, this Deskbook provides comprehensive coverage of Washington’s Public Records Act, chapter 42.56 RCW (the “PRA”), as well as related areas of public access to government records and proceedings. Its focus is on the law applicable to making, responding to, and litigating PRA requests.

Who should subscribe to this book? Public Records Officers, city managers, state and local government employees and officials, and others who make or are charged with responding to requests under the Public Records Act.

The second edition, updated in 2020, is a joint effort by practitioners representing both requestors and agencies. To provide an accurate and balanced perspective, every chapter that was written by a public agency practitioner was edited by someone who primarily represents records requestors, and vice-versa; and a number of chapters have been co-written by agency and requestor authors. One of the Editors-in-Chief (Eric M. Stahl) is an attorney who primarily represents news requestors and the other (Ramsey Ramerman) is one who represents agencies.

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Ramsey Ramerman and Eric M. Stahl (Editors-in-Chief), Casey M. Bruner, Morgan Damerow, P. Stephen DiJulio, Sarah Duran, Judith A. Endejan, James Erb, Katherine A. George, Nancy J. Krier, Mary F. Muramatsu, Jessica Nadelman, James F. Nagle, Marshall J. Nelson, Mary F. Perry, Gary T. Smith, Patricia A. “Pat” Thompson, Sarah Di Vittorio, Kristal K. Wiitala, Adrian Urquhart Winder

Justice Gerry Alexander (ret.), James W. Beck, Casey M. Bruner, Alice M. Bush, Amy Cleveland, P. Stephen DiJulio, Steven J. Dixson, Michele L. Earl-Hubbard, Judith A. Endejan, Cindy R. Evans, Jeffrey T. Even, Taki V. Flebaris, Timothy D. Ford, Angela Galloway, Katherine A. George, Jay L. Griffiths, Hon. C. Kenneth Grosse, William E. Holt, Bob Meinig, Marshall J. Nelson, Richard W. Oehler, Ramsey Ramerman, Ian D. Rogers, Matthew J. Segal, Gary T. Smith, Eric M. Stahl, Duane M. Swinton, Denise Vaughan, Sara Di Vittorio, Kristal K. Wiitala, James F. Williams, Kelli Williams, Russell Wood

Table of Contents:

 About the Editors
 Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 The Public Records Act: Genesis and Guiding Spirit
 Chapter 3 Judicial Perspectives on Open Courts and Court Records
Chapter 4 The Scope of the Public Records Act: What is an "Agency" and a "Public Record"?
Chapter 5 How to Make Public Records Requests
Chapter 6 How Agencies Should Respond to Public Records Requests
Chapter 7 Statutory Construction
Chapter 8 Privacy
Chapter 9 Investigative, Law Enforcement, and Security Records
Chapter 10 Personnel Records of Public Employees
Chapter 11 Disclosure of Medical Information
Chapter 12 Various Government Service Exemptions (Juvenile, Family Law, Public Assistance and Benefits, Vehicles)
Chapter 13 Business-Related Information,Trade Secrets, Copyrights, and Related Exemptions
Chapter 14 Attorney-Client Privilege and Other Discovery Exemptions
Chapter 15 Exemptions Outside of Public Records Act
Chapter 16 Court Remedies to Obtain Disclosure
Chapter 17 Reverse PRA Action (Private Party Seeking to Prevent Disclosure)
Chapter 18 Court-Awarded Attorney Fees, Costs, and Penalties
Chapter 19 Preservation and Destruction of Public Records
Chapter 20 Introduction to the Federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
Chapter 21 Access to Court Proceedings and Court Records
Chapter 22 Open Public Meetings Act
 Appendix Exemptions from Public Records Disclosure and Confidential Records
 Table of Statutes
 Table of Cases
 Table of References
 Subject Index