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California Public Records Act: Next Steps for Public Agencies

The California Supreme Court recently decided a landmark case concerning the California Public Records Act (“CPRA”), which is expected to have wide ranging administrative, operational and financial impacts on public agencies.  The case concerned whether e-mails and text messages sent or received on personal accounts or devices of public officials and employees were subject to production under the CPRA.  The Court held that such communications, if they relate to the conduct of public business, are subject to the CPRA and may be public records subject to disclosure.  (City of San Jose v. Superior Court (Smith) (March 2, 2017, S218066).)

Ruthann G. Ziegler, Principal and Chair of Meyers Nave’s California Public Records Act Practice Group published an article in the May/June issue of California Special District magazine that analyzes the Court’s decision and offers practical advice to public entities on critical topics, including:

  • How to differentiate public records and private information
  • How to navigate privacy concerns
  • Next steps for public agencies in terms of policies and procedures

Please click here to read Ruthann’s article.