From the North Carolina Department of Justice
What is the public policy regarding public records?
What are public records?
Who may inspect or get copies of public records?
To whom should a request for public records be directed?
When are public records available for inspection or copying?
May citizens request copies of public records in any media available?
May an agency charge fees for public records?
Must a public agency provide information in verbal form?
What about inspecting or getting copies of records that contain both public and confidential information?
What are the remedies available if an agency refuses to release or disclose a public record?
Are certain government records exempt from disclosure?
If records containing “criminal investigation” information are not public records, does that mean that all law enforcement records are confidential?
Does the Public Records Law cover access to records of federal agencies?