State Records Committee Appeal Decision 2020-51
BEFORE THE STATE RECORDS COMMITTEE OF THE STATE OF UTAH
ALEXANDER CRAMER, Petitioner, v.
SUMMIT COUNTY, a political subdivision of the State of Utah. Respondent.
DECISION AND ORDER
Case No. 20-51
The present appeal was heard by the State Records Committee (“Committee”) on September 24, 2020 with each of the parties participating electronically. The parties presented their arguments during the hearing, but it was determined that a review of the disputed records in camera was necessary for the Committee to make its determination. Because of the large number of records, the Committee unanimously voted to continue the hearing to the November 12, 2020 scheduled hearing date in order to allow the Committee members to review in camera the records provided by Respondent, Summit County.
THEREFORE, IT IS ORDERED THAT the appeal of Petitioner, Alexander Cramer, is CONTINUED until November 12, 2020.
RIGHT TO APPEAL
A party to a proceeding before the Committee may seek judicial review in District Court of a Committee's Order by filing a petition for review of the Committee Order as provided in Utah Code § 63G-2-404. Utah Code § 63G-2-403(14). A petition for judicial review of a Committee Order "shall be filed no later than 30 days" after the date of the Committee Order. Utah Code § 63G-2-404(1)(a). The petition for judicial review must be a complaint which is governed by the Utah Rules of Civil Procedure and include the Committee as a necessary party and contain the required information listed in Subsection -404(2). Utah Code § 63G-2-404(1) & (2). The court shall make its decision de novo but shall allow introduction of evidence presented to the Committee, determine all questions of fact and law without a jury, and decide the issue at the earliest practical opportunity. Utah Code § 63G-2-404(6). In order to protect a parties’ rights on appeal, a party may wish to seek advice from an attorney.
Pursuant to Utah Code § 63G-2-403(15)(c), if the Committee orders the governmental entity to produce a record and no appeal is filed, the government entity herein shall comply with the order of the Committee and shall: (1) Produce the record; and (2) File a notice of compliance with the Committee. If the governmental entity ordered to produce a record fails to file a notice of compliance or a notice of intent to appeal, the Committee may do either or both of the following: (1) Impose a civil penalty of up to $500 for each day of continuing noncompliance; or (2) Send written notice of the entity's noncompliance to the Governor. Utah Code § 63G-2-403(15)(d)(i)(B). In imposing a civil penalty, the Committee shall consider the gravity and circumstances of the violation, including whether the failure to comply was due to neglect or was willful or intentional. Utah Code § 63G-2-403(15)(d)(ii).
Entered this 30 day of September 2020
BY THE STATE RECORDS COMMITTEE
Chair, State Records Committee
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