Wednesday, July 29, 2009

For Lawyers - FOIA Requests

Not having needed to do a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request in a family law case so far, I found this post from UPDATES IN MICHIGAN FAMILY LAW, Jeanne's Toolbox - FOIA Requests as intriguing addition to traditional discovery:

Family lawyers often need public records. Sometimes there are police reports or protective service worker's reports that can be helpful or harmful to a client. Either way, to be fully prepared for a custody or parenting time hearing, you've got to have them.

Other times, you may need information about a serviceperson in the armed services.

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) compels the agency or governmental department holding the records to produce them within ten days of the request.

Here's a very easy tool to use to generate a FOIA request. It even writes the letter for you! This is compliments of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

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