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Today is: Friday, November 24, 2017

Public Records Act

The Public Records Act ensures public access to public records in the possession of governmental entities in Mississippi. The Ethics Commission has authority to take complaints, issue subpoenas, hold hearings and issue orders involving alleged violations of the Public Records Act.

The Commission has crafted Model Public Records Rules to be adopted by every public body in state and local government. Please click the link below to review the model rules.

When filing a complaint, the person denied the right to inspect or copy public records must attach a copy of the written denial of the records request, if any. The Ethics Commission must forward a copy of the documents to the head of the public body involved.

The public body then has fourteen (14) days from receipt of the documents to file a response with the Ethics Commission. After receiving the response to the request for opinion or after fourteen (14) days, the Ethics Commission can dismiss the complaint, issue a preliminary finding or set the case for hearing.

The Ethics Commission also has authority to mediate or otherwise resolve disputes arising under the Public Records Act.

To read the Public Records Act, click the second link below. To file a public records complaint with the Ethics Commission, click the third link below.

Model Public Records Rules with Comment

Click here to read the Public Records Act

Click here for the Public Records COMPLAINT FORM.

Click here for the Uniform Incident Report form in Microsoft Word format.

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-08-001, Harbart - City of Hattiesburg

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-08-002, Hendrix - City of Jackson

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-08-009, Hampton - University of Mississippi

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-08-011, Ricks - Greenwood-Leflore Airport

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-09-001, Morgan - MS Dept. of Corrections

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-09-003, Ricks - Carroll County Board of Supervisors

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-09-004, Childress - Dept. of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-09-005, Ricks - Winona-Montgomery Airport Board

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-09-007, Garner - State Treasury, Div. of Unclaimed Prop.

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-09-008, Davis - University of Southern Mississippi

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-09-009, Joyner - Dept. of Banking & Consumer Finance

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-10-001, Hegler - Claiborne County Board of Supervisors

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-10-003, Hendrix - PERS

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-10-005, Sacharin - Horn Lake Police Department

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-10-006, Milam - Hancock County Sheriff's Department

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-10-008, Webster - Southaven Police Dept.

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-10-009, VanScoy - Amory Police Dept.

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-10-012; Jones - MDOT

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-10-013, Thomas - City of Gulfport

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-10-020; Swan - Hattiesburg Police Dept.

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-11-001, Tharp - Jackson Public Schools

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-12-003; Atchison - City of Picayune

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-12-007, Russell - Humphreys County Board of Supervisors

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-12-009; Mosher - Ocean Springs School District

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-12-010; Grayer - Yazoo County Board of Supervisors

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-12-011; Mosher - Ocean Springs School District

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-12-012; Eason - City of Jackson

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-12-013; Smith - MS Dept. of Education

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-12-018; Eason - City of Jackson

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-12-019; Gerity - Central MS Planning & Development Dist.

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-12-020; Mosher - Ocean Springs School District

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-12-023; US Humane Society - Board of Animal Health

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-13-001; Williams - City of Jackson

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-13-002; Butts - Tupelo Public School District

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-13-005 - 010; MS Crime Crier - Various Sheriff Depts.

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-13-008; MS Crime Crier - Holmes Humphrey Regional Correctional Facility

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-13-012; Weatherford - City of D'Iberville

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-13-013; Warren - City of Jackson

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-13-015; Davis - Bay St. Louis Police Dept.

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-13-017; DeLoge - DeSoto County Sheriff's Office

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-13-020; Stankevich - City of Jackson

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-13-022; Ward - City of Tupelo

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-13-023; Ward - City of Tupelo

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-14-001; Miller - Rankin Co. School District

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-14-002; Nash - City of Ruleville

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-14-003; Stallworth - Harrison County Coroner

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-14-005; Collins - MS Dept. of Human Services

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-14-006; Mullins - Hinds County Board of Supervisors

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-14-007; Muller - Dept. of Public Safety

  • Public Records Opinion Nos. 14-008 & 14-012; Muller - MS Dept. of Public Safety

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-14-009; Kalich - Leflore Co. School District

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-14-010; Young - MS Dept. of Health

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-14-011; Hinds vs. Columbus Municipal School District

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-14-014; Duckworth - City of Jackson

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-14-015; McKinney - Carroll Co. Sheriff's Dept.

  • Final Order, Case No. R-14-016; Georgalis vs. Mississippi Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Surveyors

  • Order of Dismissal, Case No. R-14-017, Rogers vs. Rankin County Sch. Dist.

  • Final Order, Case No. R-14-018; Rogers vs. Desoto County School District

  • Public Records Order of Dismissal No. R-14-020 ; Kramer - MS Board of Medical Licensure

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-14-021; McKinney - Town of Carrollton

  • Final Order, Case No. R-14-022; Garrett vs. Mississippi Board of Nursing

  • Order of Dismissal, Case No. R-14-025, O'Bryant vs. City of Moss Point

  • Public Records Opinion No. R-14-030; McKinney - Carroll Co. Chancery Clerk

  • Final Order, Case No. R-14-032; Prewitt vs. City of Greenville

  • Order of Dismissal, Case No. R-14-033; Carrollo vs. Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality

  • Final Order, Case No. R-14-034; Ellis vs. Rankin County School District

  • Order of Dismissal, Case No. R-14-037; Fitzgerald vs. Forrest County Circuit Clerk

  • Order of Dismissal, Case No. R-15-010; Robinson vs. Lowndes County Circuit Court

  • Final Order, Case No. R-15-011; Thorp vs. City of Bay Saint Louis

  • Final Order, Case No. R-15-014; Le Coz vs. Mississippi Department of Education

  • Final Order, Case No. R-15-015; Stole vs. City of Marks Police Department

  • Order of Dismissal, Case No. R-15-016; Bosarge vs. Jackson County Sheriff's Department

  • Final Order, Case No. R-15-018; Lane vs. City of Gulfport

  • Final Order, Case No. R-15-020; Coleman vs. City of Ocean Springs

  • Final Order, Case No. R-15-021; Thomas vs. Rankin County Board of Supervisors

  • Final Order, Case No. R-15-022; Kalich vs. Carroll County School District

  • Order of Dismissal, Case No. R-15-025; Saddler vs. Quitman County School District

  • Final Order, Case No. R-15-026; Nash vs. City of Ruleville

  • Order of Dismissal, Case No. R-15-031; Lawson vs. Harrison County Chancery Clerk

  • Order of Dismissal, Case No. R-15-034; Lawson vs. Smith County Chancery Clerk

  • Final Order, Case No. R-15-036; Bryant vs. Jackson State University

  • Order of Dismissal, Case No. R-15-037; Jones vs. City of Jackson Police Dept.

  • Final Order, Case No. R-15-038; Bryant vs. Alcorn State University

  • Final Order, Case No. R-15-039; Williams vs. City of Jackson

  • Order of Dismissal, Case No. R-15-041; McCulloch vs. City of Holly Springs

  • Final Order, Case No. R-15-042; Foster, et al. vs. City of Ruleville

  • Order of Dismissal, Case No. R-16-002; Ligon vs. Lee County Sheriff's Department

  • Order of Dismissal, Case No. R-16-006; Royals vs. Jackson State University

  • Final Order, Case No. R-16-007; Bryant vs. City of Brandon Police Department

  • Order of Dismissal, Case No. R-16-008; Smith vs. North Sunflower Medical Center

  • Order of Dismissal, Case No. R-16-009; Royals vs. Board of Trustees, State Institutions of Higher Learning

  • Final Order, Case Nos. R-16-012; R-16-017; R-16-018 (cons.); Wolfe vs. City of Jackson

  • Order of Dismissal, Case No. R-16-015; Ward vs. Hattiesburg Police Department

  • Order of Dismissal, Case No. R-16-016; Wolfe vs. Mississippi Department of Health

  • Final Order, Public Records Case No. R-16-020; Anderson vs. Jackson State University

  • Final Order, Case No. R-16-021; Laster vs. City of Grenada

  • Order of Dismissal, Case No. R-16-026; Royals vs. Hinds County Sheriff's Office

  • Order of Dismissal, Case No. R-16-028; Bryant vs. Jackson State University

  • Order of Dismissal, Case No. R-16-032; Brown vs. Blue Cane Cowart Tippo Water Association

  • Order of Dismissal, Case No. R-16-033; Smith vs. Hancock County Justice Court

  • Order of Dismissal, Case No. R-16-035; Laster vs. City of Grenada

  • Order of Dismissal, Case No. R-16-037; McElwee vs. Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport Authority

  • Order of Dismissal, Case No. R-16-038; Rasmussen vs. Miss. Department of Banking & Consumer Finance

  • Order of Dismissal, Case No. R-16-039; Duvall vs. Cleveland School District

  • Order of Dismissal, Case No. R-16-040; Molette vs. Richland Police Department

  • Order of Dismissal, Case No. R-16-044; Featherston vs. Hinds County Chancery Clerk

  • Final Order, Case No. R-16-046; Aasand vs. City of Starkville

  • Final Order, Case No. R-17-001; Tom (ACLU) vs. Madison County Sheriff's Department

  • Order of Dismissal, Case No. R-17-002; Tom vs. Madison County Sheriff's Department

  • Order of Dismissal Case No. R-17-004; Harris vs. Miss. Department of Education

  • Order of Dismissal, Case No. R-17-005; Bernegger vs. Miss. Office of the State Auditor

  • Order of Dismissal, Case No. R-17-006; Hurst vs. Miss. Department of Revenue

  • Final Order, Case Nos. R-17-008; Robertson vs. University of Miss. & R-17-020; Hendrix vs. University of Miss. (Consolidated)

  • Final Order, Case Nos. R-17-013 & R-17-018; Aasand vs. City of Starkville (Consolidated)

  • Order of Dismissal, Case No. R-17-016; Fortner-Brown vs. Forrest County School District

  • Order of Dismissal, Case No. R-17-017; Heidelberg vs. City of Meridian

  • Final Order, Case No. R-17-022; Lesure vs. City of Holly Springs

  • Order of Dismissal Case No. R-17-046; Marbury vs. Rankin County School District

  • Order of Dismissal Case No. R-17-047; McFerrin vs. City of Charleston


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