Taxpayer money makes government records possible, so taxpayers have the right to see them.
This concept is at the core of our public-records laws, but the interpretation often varies depending on who is writing the rules.
Take, for example, the public records provisions in the California Rules of Court, which apply when you try to get information from state or local courts.
In many ways, the Rules of Court mirror the California Public Records Act, which you can use to get information from a broad range of state and local agencies.
Under both laws:
• You can see records in person or request them in electronic form.