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Our Records Request service customizes your open government letter-writing needs with the help of a specially crafted form-letter wizard. With our service you can:

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Programming of this wizard was overseen by our general counsel and California open government law expert, Terry Francke, who made sure that each letter is written to maximize your chances of success. Our service is available exclusively on our website, and the process has been streamlined to a few quick and simple steps. All of your letters are saved to your account so you can review them at any time.


Although written requests are not required by law, the California Public Records Act does require that agencies respond to written requests with a written response. Requiring a written response from the agency forces it to explain any denials that it issues, including providing legal references for its claimed exemptions. This will be very helpful if you decide to have an attorney review the denial and will provide a paper trail of your efforts in court if it comes to litigation.

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