Indiana Public Record Laws


Ind. Code §5-14-3

Exemptions to Disclosure

  • Trade secrets
  • Confidential public records received from other public entities
  • “Information concerning research, including actual research documents, conducted under the auspices of a state educational institution, including information:
    (A) concerning any negotiations made with respect to the research; and (B) received from another party involved in the research.” Ind. Code §5-14-3-4(a)(6)
  • Diaries, journals, or other personal notes.

Access Rights

  • Any person
  • Can’t be denied for failing to state purpose of request, unless otherwise required by statute
  • Agency can require request to be written/through appropriate form
  • Regular business hours
  • Agency can have rule limiting allowed uses for the requested records
  • Uniform fees for copying and for maintaining electronic map – can be waived for public interest purpose of copying, etc.
  • No fee for inspection

Destruction of Public Records

  • Must have retention schedule approved by county commission, and requests for destruction, etc., must be submitted for approval of such disposal if not covered under approved retention schedule [5-15-6-2.5]
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