Nevada Supreme Court Weighs in on Public Records Issues

The Writ, Appellate Briefs, May 2018, Pages 8 & 12

On March 29, 2018, the Nevada Supreme Court issued an important decision that affects public entities and those who seek to follow how public officials conduct government business.  In Comstock Residents Ass’n v. Lyon Cty. Bd. of Comm’rs, 134 Nev. Adv. Op. 19 (2018), the Court held that communications by public officials on private cell phones or through private email are not categorically exempt from the Nevada Public Records Act (NPRA). To reach this conclusion, the Court interpreted the statutory language in the context of modern-day communication norms that likely were not contemplated at the time of the NPRA’s enactment.

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