Appeal of Denial & Judicial Appeal

Appeal of Denial

Upon denial of a written request the requester may file an appeal with the Office of Open Records, or judicial, legislative, or other appeals officer within 15 business days of the mailing date of the agency response or deemed denial. The appeal states the grounds for the asserting openness and addresses the grounds for the agency denial.

The appeals office must make a final written determination, with explanation, within 30 days. Failure to meet that date is a deemed denial.

A third party with direct interest in the record on appeal may join the appeal within 15 days of receiving "actual knowledge" of the appeal but no later than the date the appeals officer issues a decision.

Judicial Appeal

Appeals from appeals officer determinations for these agencies are taken to the Court of Common Pleas within 30 days of the mailing date of the decision. The petition for review constitutes a stay on the release of documents until a decision is rendered by the court.