Chapter 139-02 WAC

Last Update: 6/16/09

PUBLIC RECORDS

WAC Sections

139-02-010Authority and purpose.
139-02-040Public records officer.
139-02-050Availability of public records.
139-02-070Costs for providing copies of public records.
139-02-090Processing requests for public records.
DISPOSITION OF SECTIONS FORMERLY CODIFIED IN THIS TITLE
139-02-020Definitions. [Statutory Authority: RCW 43.101.080. WSR 00-17-017, § 139-02-020, filed 8/4/00, effective 9/4/00.] Repealed by WSR 09-13-066, filed 6/16/09, effective 7/17/09. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.56.040 and 43.101.080.
139-02-030Public records available. [Statutory Authority: RCW 43.101.080. WSR 00-17-017, § 139-02-030, filed 8/4/00, effective 9/4/00.] Repealed by WSR 09-13-066, filed 6/16/09, effective 7/17/09. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.56.040 and 43.101.080.
139-02-060Disclosure to client's representative. [Statutory Authority: RCW 43.101.080. WSR 00-17-017, § 139-02-060, filed 8/4/00, effective 9/4/00.] Repealed by WSR 09-13-066, filed 6/16/09, effective 7/17/09. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.56.040 and 43.101.080.
139-02-080Protection of public records. [Statutory Authority: RCW 43.101.080. WSR 00-17-017, § 139-02-080, filed 8/4/00, effective 9/4/00.] Repealed by WSR 09-13-066, filed 6/16/09, effective 7/17/09. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.56.040 and 43.101.080.
139-02-100Qualifications on nondisclosure. [Statutory Authority: RCW 43.101.080. WSR 00-17-017, § 139-02-100, filed 8/4/00, effective 9/4/00.] Repealed by WSR 09-13-066, filed 6/16/09, effective 7/17/09. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.56.040 and 43.101.080.
139-02-110Records index. [Statutory Authority: RCW 43.101.080. WSR 00-17-017, § 139-02-110, filed 8/4/00, effective 9/4/00.] Repealed by WSR 09-13-066, filed 6/16/09, effective 7/17/09. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.56.040 and 43.101.080.


139-02-010
Authority and purpose.

(1) RCW 42.56.070(1) requires each agency to make available for inspection and copying nonexempt "public records" in accordance with published rules. The act defines "public record" to include any "writing containing information relating to the conduct of government or the performance of any governmental or proprietary function prepared, owned, used, or retained" by the agency. RCW 42.56.070(2) requires each agency to set forth "for informational purposes" every law, in addition to the Public Records Act (the act), that exempts or prohibits the disclosure of public records held by that agency.
(2) The purpose of these rules is to establish the procedures the Washington state criminal justice training commission shall follow in order to provide full access to public records. These rules provide information to persons wishing to request access to public records of the Washington state criminal justice training commission and establish processes for both requestors and Washington state criminal justice training commission staff that are designed to best assist members of the public in obtaining such access.
(3) The purpose of the act is to provide the public full access to information concerning the conduct of government, mindful of individuals' privacy rights and the desirability of the efficient administration of government. In carrying out its responsibilities under the act, the Washington state criminal justice training commission shall be guided by the provisions of the act describing its purposes and interpretation.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.56.040 and 43.101.080. WSR 09-13-066, § 139-02-010, filed 6/16/09, effective 7/17/09. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.101.080. WSR 00-17-017, § 139-02-010, filed 8/4/00, effective 9/4/00.]



139-02-040
Public records officer.

(1) The Washington state criminal justice training commission is the state training academy for law enforcement and corrections professionals. The Washington state criminal justice training commission's campus is located in Burien, WA at 19010 1st Avenue South. The Washington state criminal justice training commission has a fiscal office in Lacey, WA located at 3060 Willamette Drive N.E.
(2) Any person wishing to request access to public records of the Washington state criminal justice training commission, or seeking assistance in making such a request, should contact the public records officer of the Washington state criminal justice training commission:
Public Records Officer
Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission
MS: TB-35
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148
Phone: 206-835-7300
Email: publicrecords@cjtc.state.wa.us
Information is also available at the Washington state criminal justice training commission's web site at www.cjtc.state.wa.us.
(3) The public records officer will oversee compliance with the act, but another Washington state criminal justice training commission staff member may process the request. Therefore, these rules will refer to the public records officer or designee. The public records officer or designee and the Washington state criminal justice training commission will provide the fullest assistance to requestors; create and maintain for use by the public and Washington state criminal justice training commission officials an index to public records of the Washington state criminal justice training commission; ensure that public records are protected from damage or disorganization; and prevent fulfilling public records requests from causing excessive interference with essential functions of the Washington state criminal justice training commission.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.56.040 and 43.101.080. WSR 09-13-066, § 139-02-040, filed 6/16/09, effective 7/17/09. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.101.080. WSR 05-01-109, § 139-02-040, filed 12/15/04, effective 1/15/05; WSR 00-17-017, § 139-02-040, filed 8/4/00, effective 9/4/00.]



139-02-050
Availability of public records.

(1) Hours for inspection of records. Public records are available for inspection and copying during normal business hours of the Washington state criminal justice training commission; 8:00 a.m. to noon, and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. Records must be inspected at the offices of the Washington state criminal justice training commission.
(2) Records index. An index of public records is available for use by members of the public. The index includes a list of current manuals of the Washington state criminal justice training commission, a current list of laws, other than those listed in chapter 42.56 RCW, that exempts or prohibits disclosure of specific information or records, and current Washington Administrative Code agency rules. The index may be accessed online at www.cjtc.state.wa.us or at the Washington state criminal justice training commission in Burien.
(3) Organization of records. The Washington state criminal justice training commission maintains its records in a reasonably organized manner and takes reasonable actions to protect records from damage and disorganization. A requestor shall not take Washington state criminal justice training commission records from Washington state criminal justice training commission offices without the permission of the public records officer or designee. Records may be available on the Washington state criminal justice training commission web site at www.cjtc.state.wa.us. Requestors are encouraged to view the documents available on the web site prior to submitting a records request.
(4) Making a request for public records.
(a) Any person wishing to inspect or obtain copies of public records of the Washington state criminal justice training commission shall make the request in writing using the Washington state criminal justice training commission request form, or by letter, fax, or email addressed to the public records officer. Each request should include the following information:
• Name of requestor;
• Address of requestor;
• Other contact information, including telephone number and/or an email address; and
• Identification of the public records adequate for the public records officer or designee to locate the records.
(b) If requestors wish to inspect rather than obtain copies of records, they must indicate this preference in their requests. Pursuant to WAC 139-02-070, standard photocopies are provided at fifteen cents per page, plus postage.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.56.040 and 43.101.080. WSR 09-13-066, § 139-02-050, filed 6/16/09, effective 7/17/09. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.101.080. WSR 00-17-017, § 139-02-050, filed 8/4/00, effective 9/4/00.]



139-02-070
Costs for providing copies of public records.

(1) Costs for paper copies. There is no fee charged for inspecting public records. A requestor may obtain standard black and white photocopies for fifteen cents per page. Before beginning to make copies, the public records officer or designee may estimate costs of copying the records, and may require a deposit of up to ten percent of all the records selected by the requestor. The public records officer or designee may also require the payment of the remainder of the copying costs before providing all the records, or the payment of the costs of copying an installment before providing that installment. The Washington state criminal justice training commission will not charge sales tax when it makes copies of public records.
(2) Costs for electronic records. The cost of electronic copies of records shall be the actual cost of the CD, DVD, audio or video tape, or disc.
(3) Costs of mailing. The Washington state criminal justice training commission may also charge actual costs of mailing, including the cost of the shipping container.
(4) Payment. Payment may be made by check or money order only, payable to the Washington state criminal justice training commission.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.56.040 and 43.101.080. WSR 09-13-066, § 139-02-070, filed 6/16/09, effective 7/17/09. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.101.080. WSR 00-17-017, § 139-02-070, filed 8/4/00, effective 9/4/00.]



139-02-090
Processing requests for public records.

(1) Providing fullest assistance. The Washington state criminal justice training commission is charged by statute with adopting rules which provide for how it shall "provide full access to public records," "protect records from damage or disorganization," "prevent excessive interference with other essential functions of the agency," provide "fullest assistance" to requestors, and provide the "most timely possible action" on public records requests. The public records officer or designee shall process requests in the order they are received and allowing for the most requests to be processed in the most efficient manner.
(2) Acknowledging receipt of request. Within five business days of receipt of the request, the public records officer or designee will do one or more of the following:
(a) Make the records available for inspection;
(b) Provide the requested records (or provide a bill for the records if applicable) to the requestor;
(c) Provide a reasonable estimate of when records will be available; or
(d) Deny the request and provide a statutory explanation as to the reason for the denial.
(3) Consequences of failure to respond. If the Washington state criminal justice training commission does not respond in writing within five business days of receipt of the request for disclosure, the requestor should consider contacting the public records officer to determine the reason for the failure to respond.
(4) Protecting rights of others. In the event that the requested records contain information that may affect rights of others and may be exempt from disclosure, the public records officer or designee may, prior to providing the records, give notice to such others whose rights may be affected by the disclosure. This notice is given so affected persons may seek an order from a court to prevent or limit the disclosure. The notice to the affected persons may include a copy of the request.
(5) Records exempt from disclosure. Some records are exempt from disclosure, in whole or in part. If the Washington state criminal justice training commission believes that a record is exempt from disclosure and should be withheld, the public records officer or designee will state the specific exemption and provide a brief explanation of why the record or a portion of the record is being withheld. If only a portion of a record is exempt from disclosure, but the remainder is not exempt, the public records officer or designee will redact the exempt portions, provide the nonexempt portions, and indicate to the requestor why portions of the record are being redacted.
(6) Inspection of records.
(a) Consistent with other demands, the Washington state criminal justice training commission will provide space to inspect public records. No member of the public may remove a document from the viewing area or disassemble or alter any document without approval from the public records officer or designee. The requestor will indicate which documents he or she wishes the agency to copy.
(b) The requestor must claim or review the assembled records within thirty days of the Washington state criminal justice training commission's notification to him or her that the records are available for inspection or copying. The Washington state criminal justice training commission will notify the requestor in writing of this requirement and inform the requestor that he or she is to contact the agency to make arrangements to claim or review the records. If the requestor or a representative of the requestor fails to claim or review the records within the thirty-day period or make other arrangements, the Washington state criminal justice training commission may close the request and refile the assembled records. Other public records requests can be processed ahead of a subsequent request by the same person for the same or almost identical records, which may be processed as a new request.
(7) Providing copies of records. After inspection is complete or in lieu of inspection, the public records officer or designee will make the requested copies or arrange for copying and provide them to the requestor.
(8) Providing records in installments. When the request is for a large number of records, the public records officer or designee may provide access for inspection and copying in installments, if he or she reasonably determines that it would be more practical. If, within thirty days, the requestor fails to inspect one or more of the installments, the public records officer or designee may stop searching for the remaining records and close the request.
(9) Completion of inspection. When the inspection of the requested records is complete and all requested copies are provided, the public records officer or designee will indicate that the Washington state criminal justice training commission has completed the request and provided all available (nonexempt) records.
(10) Closing withdrawn or abandoned request. When the requestor either withdraws the request or fails to fulfill his or her obligations to inspect the records or pay the deposit or final payment for the requested copies, the public records officer will close the request and indicate to the requestor that the Washington state criminal justice training commission has closed the request and refile the assembled records.
(11) Later discovered documents. If, after the Washington state criminal justice training commission has informed the requestor that it has provided all available records, the Washington state criminal justice training commission becomes aware of additional responsive documents existing at the time of the request, it will promptly inform the requestor of the additional documents and provide them on an expedited basis.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.56.040 and 43.101.080. WSR 09-13-066, § 139-02-090, filed 6/16/09, effective 7/17/09. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.101.080. WSR 00-17-017, § 139-02-090, filed 8/4/00, effective 9/4/00.]