CN Privacy


Public Records andMeetings

Freedom ofInformation

Chapter 3*

Sec. 1-19 Access to publicrecords. Exempt records. (a) Except as otherwise provided byany federal law or state statute, all records maintained or kepton file by any public agency, whether or not such records arerequired by any law or by any rule or regulation, shall be publicrecords and every person shall have the right to inspect suchrecords promptly during regular office or business hours or toreceive a copy of such records in accordance with the provisionsof section 1-15. Any agency rule or regulation, or part there of,that conflicts with the provisions of this subsection ordiminishes or curtails in any way the rights granted by thissubsection shall be void. Each such agency shall keep andmaintain all public records in its custody at its regular officeor place of business in an accessible place and, if there is nosuch office or place of business, the public records pertainingto such agency shall be kept in the office of the clerk of thepolitical subdivision in which such public agency is located orof the secretary of the state, as the case may be. Any certifiedrecord hereunder attested as a true copy by the clerk, chief ordeputy of such agency or by such other person designated orempowered by law to so act, shall be competent evidence in anycount of this state of the facts contained therein. Each suchagency shall make, keep and maintain a record of the proceedingsof its meetings.

(b) Nothing in sections 1-15,1-18a, 1-19 to 1-19b, inclusive, and 1-21 to 21k, inclusive,shall be construed to require disclosure of (1) preliminarydrafts or notes provided the public agency has determined thatthe public interest in withholding such documents clearlyoutweighs the public interest in disclosure. (2) personnel ormedical files and similar files the disclosure of which wouldconstitute an invasion of personal privacy; (3) records of lawenforcement agencies not otherwise available to the public whichrecords were compiled in connection with the detection orinvestigation of crime, if the disclosure of said records wouldnot be in the public interest because it would result in thedisclosure of (A) the identity of informants not otherwise knownor the identity of witnesses not otherwise known whose safetywould be endangered or who would be subject to threat orintimidation if their identity was made known, (B) signedstatements of witnesses, (C) information to be used in aprospective law enforcement action if prejudicial to suchaction,(D) investigatory techniques not otherwise known to thegeneral public, (E) arrest records of a juvenile, which shallalso include any investigatory files, concerning the arrest ofsuch juvenile, compiled for law enforcement purposes, (F) thename and address of the victim of a sexual assault under section53a-70, 53a-70a, 53a-71, 53a-72a, 53a-72b or 53a-73a, or theinjury or risk of injury, or impairing of morals under section53-21, or of an attempt thereof or (G) uncorroborated allegationssubject to destruction pursuant to section 1-20c; (4) recordspertaining to strategy and negotiations with respect to pendingclaims or pending litigation to which the public agency is aparty until such litigation or claim has been finally adjudicatedor otherwise settled;