California Public Records Law

The California Public Records Law (California Public Records Act, PRA) is a powerful set of laws codified in California laws and the California Constitution that give its citizens the right to access governmental records. There are limitations, however. This section describes the act in more detail.


The California Public Records Act is codified as California Government Code §§ 6250 through 6276.48). The purpose is to allow people the right of access to inspection and disclosure of government records, unless those records are exempted by law.

The law is similar to the Freedom of Information Act, except for the fact that “the people have the right of access to information concerning the conduct of the people’s business” is enshrined in Article 1 of the California Constitution due to California Proposition 59 (the Sunshine Amendment).

Public Records Act


Read the text of the California Public Records Act by clicking here.


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