Reports written by private investigators for their government clients may be a public record, was the message in a ruling by the California 3rd Appellate District in BRV, Inc. v. Siskiyou County Superior Court. The court determined that the report California investigator Diane Davis prepared for her client, Dunsmuir Joint Union High School District must be released to the petitioner.
The petition for extraordinary writ is granted.
The District shall release to BRV the Davis report in its entirety, subject first to redacting the names of students, parents, staff, and faculty other than Morris or elected members of the District’s Board. Costs and reasonable attorney fees in this proceeding are awarded to petitioner. (cite)
Except as may othewise be ordered by the California Supreme Court, the writ shall become effective, and release of the report is required, 30 days following issuance by this court of the remittitur.
The Ohio Supreme Court wrestled with the question of whether a private agency that is substantially supported by government funds is subject to the public records law. The court majority in the 4-3 split decision ruled against open records, a blow to government transparency. Read the AP story