Are there any public records that I may not inspect or copy?

There are numerous exceptions to the public records laws which allow a public body to refuse to disclose public records. Per Oregon Revised Statutes 192.311 to 192.479, public bodies are required to make available for inspection and copying, subject to any applicable exemptions, only those records that exist at the time of the request. If the County denies your request to review the public record(s), a written explanation of the reason for denial will be forwarded to you by the custodian within a reasonable amount of time.


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1. What is a public record?
2. Are there any public records that I may not inspect or copy?
3. What if I have a question about the contents of a public document?
4. When will I be able to inspect or receive copies of the documents?
5. What will it cost to obtain the documents that I seek?
6. When must I pay the costs?
7. What if I have a request for the Douglas County Sheriff's Office?