The Virginia FOIA Opinion Archive


FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-15-00

Information regarding access to court records, specifically divorce records, is outside the scope of FOIA.

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-16-00

A volunteer rescue squad supported primarily through private donations is not a public body subject to FOIA.

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-17-00

An individual is entitled to his personnel record; general job classification and salary information of public officials is specifically available under FOIA.

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-18-00

Death certificates, as vital records, are not covered by FOIA.

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-09-00

Roberts Rules of Order is subordinate to FOIA in the event of any conflict between the two.

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-08-00

The condition or use of real estate is no longer a valid topic for a closed meeting; city manager's working paper exemption evaporates once he disseminates document.

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-07-00

Physical presence of lawyer is necessary for public body to invoke closed meeting exemption regarding consultation for advice on a specific legal matter; counsel's presence is not necessarily demanded when the exemption for briefings on actual or probable litigation.

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-06-00

Freedom of Information Advisory Council, FOIAC, not authorized to give citizens or news reporters advice about how to deal with the State Corporation Commission

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-05-00

The release of local license taxes assessed against any person, firm or corporation is prohibited by the Tax Code.

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-04-00

The informal gathering of three members of the Norfolk Wetlands Board to tour the site of an applicant for a dredging permit is considered a meeting under FOIA because it necessarily concerns the transaction of public business

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-03-00

A so-called master list of courses offered by a school during the next academic year, the times and who will be teaching them is a public record despite the list's possible revision by the administration.

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-01-00

Inquiries as to the status of e-mail under the Freedom of Information Act, charges for electronic records, the working papers exemption, assessment of fees for producing a requested record, the meaning of 'reasonable specificity'

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-02-00

property appraisal cards containing the calculations and methodology used in arriving at individual assessments are available through FOIA.