The Virginia FOIA Opinion Archive


Attorney General's Opinion 1987-88 #033A

Inmates' medical records need not be disclosed absent authorization from the inmate himself or herself.

Attorney General's Opinion 1987-88 #035

Settlement agreements may be memoranda, working papers or records prepared specifically for use in litigation - need not be disclosed.

Attorney General's Opinion 1987-88 #030

A city/county attorney's itemized billing statement is an official record and must be disclosed to the extend it does not reveal confidential communication, or ongoing criminal investigation matters, or some other information that may be exempt. Reasonable charge for deletions may be made

Associated Tax Service Inc. v. Fitzpatrick

The purpose or motivation behind a request made under FOIA is irrelevant to a citizen's entitlement to requested information.

Saunders v. Pethtel

FOIA and the statute that allows inspection of competitive sealed bids are separate and distinct.

Attorney General's Opinion 1987-88 #033

Names and salaries of government employees making over $10,000/year are public and may be published by third parties.

Attorney General's Opinion 1987-88 #037

Jail registers are open records, but some information in a so-called 'dispatch log' is confidential, as is some information in a so-called 'jail log.'

Attorney General's Opinion 1986-87 #028

An offer-to-purchase letter is a record compiled specifically for litigation because it will be used in condemnation proceedings should the offer be refused.

Attorney General's Opinion 1986-87 #283

Record custodian can take precautions to preserve/safeguard records; also can set limits on the use of the office where records will be inspected. Clerk of courtÄ…s deed receipts book and real property appraisal cards are open to inspection under the Tax Code.

Attorney General's Opinion 1985-86 #333

HUD reports are exempt to the extent that they reveal information about identifiable employees

Attorney General's Opinion 1984-85 #170

A death certificate, as a vital record, is not subject to disclosure under FOIA; however there is nothing to prevent someone with independent knowledge of a cause of death from commenting on it.

Attorney General's Opinion 1984-85 #420

Meetings to discuss employment terms and contract of school board superintendent are properly closed, but the action of employing the superintendent must take place in open session. Employment contract of school superintendent is open.

Attorney General's Opinion 1984-85 #313

Nothing in FOIA or the Tax Code prevents disclosing a list of names of delinquent real estate taxpayers.

Attorney General's Opinion 1984-85 #424

Reports filed in confidence with state or local police are exempt.

Attorney General's Opinion 1984-85 #428

As long as a copy of a record is available, thereÄ…s no requirement that the custodian convert the copy to another medium preferred by the requester.

Attorney General's Opinion 1984-85 #425

FOIA does not define financial statements so common definition prevails. Certain IRS forms not within common definition, so it can be disclosed.

Attorney General's Opinion 1983-84 #446A

jail register or list of those incarcerated is subject to disclosure, except for names of juvenile offenders

Attorney General's Opinion 1983-84 #449

Personnel reports that do not identify employees must be disclosed. Teacher evaluations on school ratings are open if executive meetings exclusions are not present.

Attorney General's Opinion 1983-84 #446

Financial data of retailers collected by an institution of higher learning for purposes of business research or publication are subject to disclosure.

Attorney General's Opinion 1983-84 #439

Virginia Division of Tourism cannot withhold business data submitted by Virginia travel attractions. A private company that is supported wholly or principally by public funds is subject to FOIA.

Attorney General's Opinion 1983-84 #113

There is no law requiring a separate accounting for expenditures of funds, though any documentation on it would be subject to FOIA.

Attorney General's Opinion 1983-84 #437A

Principal's handwritten notes, used as a memory jogger, and anonymous letter are public records if used to transact public business. Subject of record can access it, regardless of possible exemptions.

Attorney General's Opinion 1983-84 #019

Report by the Psychiatric Advisory Committee is open to disclosure to the subject of the report.

Attorney General's Opinion 1983-84 #314

An exhibit is not automatically converted into a personnel record simply because it is introduced in a grievance procedure. FOIA and the Privacy Protection Act notwithstanding, a teacher has the statutory right to a private grievance hearing.