An important provision of GRAMA is the right of a requester or interested party who has been denied access to records to be able to appeal the decision. Part Four outlines the appeals process.
Section 4.1 Definitions (63G-2-400.5)
In order to clarify the appeals process, GRAMA provides relevant definitions specific to part four. (Subsection 63G-2-400.5).
- Access denial means a governmental entity’s denial of records either through a notice of denial or through failure to provide records.
- Appellate affirmation is a decision affirming an access denial. It can be the decision of the chief administrative officer or his designee, a local appeals board, or the state records committee.
- Interested party means a person, other than the requester, who is aggrieved by an access denial or appellate affirmation.
- Local appeals board means an appeals board established by a political subdivision.
- Record request means a request for a record.
- Requester means a person who submits a record request to a governmental entity.
- Records committee appellant means an entity that seeks an appeal with the state records committee. Possible appellants include requesters or interested parties who appeal an access denial, but can also include political subdivisions that appeal the decision of a local appeals board.