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Legal Alert: Tips for Governing Boards in Response to Public Records Act Ruling on Electronic Communications

New Legal Alert provides California Public Records Act compliance strategies for board members

On March 2, 2017, the California Supreme Court ruled in City of San Jose v. Superior Court that electronic communications sent or received by public officials through private accounts are not excluded from disclosure under the California Public Records Act simply because they have been sent from, or received in, a personal account or personal device. For board members, the Court’s decision means that emails sent and stored in private email services, as well as text messages sent or stored on private phones, are within the scope of the CPRA if they relate to school district or county office business. 

CSBA has drafted a Legal Alert to provide initial clarity to board members about their duties under the law, and strategies for complying with the Supreme Court’s ruling. This Legal Alert is intended to give board members the necessary information to navigate the expanded parameters of the CPRA until CSBA can publish updated sample board policies. Read it now.

Additional Resources

  • A deeper legal analysis of the Court’s ruling and its implications for school and county boards, produced for CSBA by its partner Dannis Woliver Kelley, is available here.
  • The full Supreme Court’s decision can be found here.

If you have any questions, please contact Keith Bray, CSBA's General Counsel.

Read the full CSBA Legal Alert

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