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Public Records Request

Public Records Access Guidelines

Effective January 1, 2017, the Massachusetts Public Records Law, G.L. c.66 and c.4, §7(26) provides that a municipality must, within 10 business days (Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays), respond to a request for records by providing access to or a copy of such records, or explaining any delay or denial.  These guidelines are intended to assist members of the public seeking access to public records in the custody of the Town of Groveland.

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    Excerpt from C.66, § 10. Public inspection and copies of records; presumption; exception

    (a) Every person having custody of any public record, as defined in clause Twenty-six of section seven of chapter four, shall, at reasonable times and without unreasonable delay, permit it, or any segregable portion of a record which is an independent public record to be inspected and examined by any person, under his supervision, and shall furnish one copy thereof upon payment of reasonable fee. Every person for whom a search of public records is made shall, at the direction of the person having custody of such records, pay the actual expense of such search.