Vermont Public Records and the Right to Know:
This Guide was published in 2003 and is no longer being updated. Please see the
Right To Know website for more information.
Though Vermontís general assembly and
courts are just beginning (August 2003) to address electronic
records, there is a body of law and case law guiding the
management of public records. To limit legal
challenges, agencies must be familiar with these mandates and
incorporate them into their recordkeeping
The following overview
provides examples of the various record mandates, including
definitions of public records, rights of access, exemptions from
public inspection, etc.
It is arranged as a series of questions that will lead
the user to examples of record requirements under that topic.
The overview is to help
agency managers understand the types of questions they must
answer in order to build effective recordkeeping systems. It is also a guide for
citizens who want to understand their basic rights of access to
Note: Dylan Grimes, a Vermont Law School student (summer 2003)
compiled and helped present the various records statutes. His help was
crucial and greatly appreciated.
What are the Policy Reasons Behind the Right To Know?
What is a Public Record?
What are the Basic Rights to Access?
What is the Procedure for Responding to a Public Record Request?
How is the Public Records Act Enforced?
What are the Penalties for Violating the Public Records Laws?
What are the Requirements for Managing Public Records?
Is There a Requirement to Create Records?
Last updated August, 2003