Game Changer for Litigating Public Records Cases: Requesters Have New, Less Expensive Appeal Option

    View Author August 2016

    Starting in late September 2016, people requesting public records will be able to file quick complaints in court and use a mediator to try to resolve disputes with public offices.

    Under current law, requesters in Ohio typically deal with the public office – e.g., a public school district – when it comes to record requests. If the office delays or refuses to answer, the requester can file a lawsuit via a mandamus action, but that is expensive and generally a long process.