Government operates best when it operates openly. — Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens
When there is not openness, corruption grows rapidly.”– Director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Vernon Keenan
Georgia’s Open Meetings and Open Records Acts are essential for citizens to be able to monitor their government. Informed citizens are the first line of defense against public corruption.
On this page, you can access a presentation created by Georgia Senior Assistant Attorney General Stefan Ritter to begin to familiarize yourself with the Open Meetings and Open Records Acts. We have created a form you can use to file open records requests right from this website. Please note that this form is provided free of charge for your convenience only. We never charge fees for using this website, but you will be responsible for all fees*charged by the responding government agency associated with the retrieval and copying of the documents.
*Don’t worry. The Open Records Act requires that in any instance in which an agency will seek costs in excess of $25 for responding to a request, the agency shall notify the requester within a reasonable amount of time not to exceed three business days and inform the requester of the estimate of the costs, and the agency may defer search and retrieval of the records until the requester has stated in his or her request a willingness to pay an amount that exceeds the search and retrieval costs.