February 2023

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Coalition joins Reporters Committee brief in 4th Circuit court records case

The North Carolina Open Government Coalition is urging a federal appeals court to overturn a lower court ruling that restricts public access to non-confidential court records. In 2012, clerks of court in Virginia launched a program that provides electronic remote access to non-confidential court records and filings in Virginia civil cases. However, remote access is […]

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Public Official Small Groups: Do public servant check-ins violate the Open Meetings Law?

North Carolina’s Open Meetings Law (OML) requires public bodies to conduct their business in public. Public bodies must notify the public of regularly scheduled, special and emergency meetings, must deliberate and vote in public, and must create a record of public business by keeping minutes. When public officials meet in small groups to discuss public

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NC General Assembly leadership started automatically deleting legislators’ email. Is that legal under the Public Records Act?

North Carolina legislative leadership has implemented a policy to automatically delete legislators’ emails after three years. This move raises a number of legal and administrative problems for open government in North Carolina.

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