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Public Records

Definition - What does Public Records mean?

Public records are comprised of non-confidential information. This information is provided by any records that are kept by government officials, and which are subject to scrutiny or viewing by the public.

The information can occur in the form of documents, minutes, files, accounts or a number of other different types of records. Public record information can be used as evidence in court cases.

Justipedia explains Public Records

An example of public record information could be the minutes of a senate hearing on trade reform. Because this information is part of the public record, members of the public have access to it and can view it if they go through the proper protocols.

Television programs will often cover important congressional meetings or hearings. Records are also kept of trials and other legal proceedings. The information from these public records can be extracted if there is a need to do so. Other public records include voting records and court records.

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