Public Records: the Difference Between "Right to Know" and "Right to No"

In the U.S. there are huge disparities in how public records requests are handled by individual states. In Pennsylvania, for example, a citizen cannot review a criminal investigative record under the Right to Know Law because those records are off limits -- even if the records are 100 years old and all parties are deceased. Compare that to Florida, where the right to obtain public records is embedded in the state constitution, and citizens often obtain investigative records relatively quickly. The cost of secrecy is far more expensive than the cost of open and honest government. Come to this one-hour CLE to learn what it will take to enact unified records legislation in the United States.

Jenkins Law Library, an accredited provider under the Pennsylvania CLE Board's Rules, will serve as the CLE provider for this course. The course has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.0 hour of CLE credit in substantive law, practice and procedure.

This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 1.0 hour of total CLE credit.