Public Records Litigation
The Florida Constitution and Florida Statutes require that records made or received by a public agency be made available for inspection and copying by the public. While there are some exceptions to this broad general mandate, public agencies often refuse to provide or delay the provision of public records for political reasons, such as concealing politically damaging information before an election, hiding improper considerations that went into decision-making, or just avoiding embarrassing or hard-to-explain situations. Other violations are simply due to government ineptitude. In any event, our lawyers are experienced in litigating public records cases and assisting clients in gaining timely access to critical public information, which in many cases can mean the difference between success or failure in challenging land use decisions, government action, or merely gathering evidence for a pending legal proceeding. In most cases, the public agency will be required to pay our fees if we are successful in enforcing compliance with the law.