Georgia has a strong public policy in favor of open government, which the state legislature recognizes to be essential to a free, open, and democratic society. Georgia’s Open Records Act and Open Meetings Act both reflect this policy, by codifying the presumption that public records should be made available for public inspection without delay and that government agencies must hold the meetings of their governing bodies open for public observation.

Open Government Resources:

  • The Georgia First Amendment Foundation’s “Red Book” provides a plain-language guide to Georgia’s Open Records Act and Open Meetings Act.
  • The Georgia First Amendment Foundation’s “Blue Book” specifically addresses how the Open Records Act applies to law enforcement records.
  • Georgia Attorney General’s Office’s Open Government webpage.
  • Video of September 30, 2021 webinar presented by First Amendment Clinic students Austin Albertson, Paige Medley, and Kyle Renner on the fundamentals of Georgia’s Open Records and Open Meetings Acts, as well as practical applications of these laws.*
  • Answers to FAQs on open government in Georgia.*

*Current as dated and contains general legal information
not intended to be legal advice.

Summaries of Georgia Supreme Court decisions
interpreting the Open Records Act and Open Meetings Act:

Geer v. Phoebe Putney Health System (2020)

Williams v. DeKalb County (2020)

Campaign for Accountability v. Consumer Credit Research Foundation (2018)