Judicial approval is required for the release of records exempted from general confidentiality requirements.
Failure to release past juvenile and law enforcement records of a now-adult charged with committing heinous crimes against children, is an unauthorized use of judicial power.
Records in possession of the Supreme Court filed in the prosecution of a criminal defendant are subject to disclosure under the ORA. The public's interest in disclosure outweighs an individual's personal interest in keeping records private. NOTE: Rare ORA case from the Court of Criminal Appeals.
A trial court may seal records if the State has not met its burden. If the interest of justice is not served by expungements or open Records, the trial court may allow an appropriate remedy for limited access.
Any records obtained or created by the Attorney General pursuant of the Oklahoma Medicaid Integrity Act are confidential and not subject to the ORA - unless the AG authorizes its use in relation to legal, administrative, or judicial proceedings.
Records that come into the Insurance Commissioner's possession, as a court order involving a receivership action, are not "government records" under the ORA.
A private, commercial enterprise is entitled to records requested from the DOC pursuant to the ORA.
The Court allowed the sealing of Search Warrant Affidavit. NOTE: The dissent by Lane argued that the ORA applies - there is no provision within the ORA exempting affidavits from the general rule that documents filed with the court are subject to disclosure.
A physician's disciplinary records by the State Licensing Board are public record subject to the ORA.
If a record's request substantially disrupts an agency's day-to-day operations, the agency may charge a search and copying fee.
The ORA does not contain provisions that authorize a public body to supply free copies of documents to persons who state they are indigent.
The ORA relieves public bodies from an obligation to provide procedural protections that are not specifically required by the ORA or another statute. NOTE: This case reflects the legislative intent of the added language to the ORA.
Law enforcement records that are not required to be released still may be ordered released by a court, where a court finds the public interest or the interest of an individual outweighs the reason for denial. Traffic collision reports were not ordered released in this case.
OK Tax Commission could obtain banking customer financial data for purposes of enforcing Unclaimed Property laws- these records remain private though and not subject to disclosure because they are private records under the ORA.
The intention of the ORA is to favor disclosure of information over its withholding.