Opinion Letter No. 95-20
August 21, 1995
Traffic Citations Available for Public Inspection
Under the UIPA, the court’s nonadministrative
records are not subject to the UIPA’s disclosure
provisions. Copies of traffic citations maintained by the District
Court’s Traffic Violations Bureau
("TVB") are used as a summons, charging document or complaint
which initiates the traffic court
proceeding against the defendant; therefore, they are nonadministrative
records and are not subject to the UIPA’s disclosure provisions.
Although traffic citations maintained by the TVB are not subject
the UIPA, the District Court does provide for public inspection
and copying if a requester knows the
name of the individual cited or the citation number.
Furthermore, any copies of citations the Department
of the Prosecuting Attorney or a police officer maintains are a
government record subject to the UIPA. Moreover, because the District
Court already makes citation copies available, UIPA exceptions to
disclosure do not apply to those records maintained by the Department
of the Prosecuting Attorney or a police officer.