In 1991, the Utah Legislature enacted the Government Records Access and Management Act (GRAMA) under Title 63G, Chapter 2 of the Utah Code, giving the public the right to access information.
What is a public record?
As defined in Utah Code Ann.63G-2-103, a public record is a record that is not private, controlled or protected, and is prepared, owned, received or retained by the governmental entity. Records requested must be able to be reproduced from the original record.
What are private, controlled or protected records?
A private record generally relates to an individual’s private interests, and disclosure of such information to the public would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of privacy. A record is considered “controlled” if it contains medical, psychiatric or psychological data about an individual. Protected records include, but are not limited to, open and ongoing investigations.
Who can initiate a GRAMA request?
Any person can make a public records request. However, public disclosure is regulated by several different statues dependent upon the record. If you are the subject of the record (i.e. victim or arrestee) you may be entitled to information not available to the general public.
What types of records may be available?
Initial contact reports
Traffic accident reports
Depending on the status of the case, these records may not be available at the time of your request.