U Memo 13-6

Posted on May 15, 2013 in Informal Opinions - UIPA Opinions

UIPA Memo 13-6
May 15, 2013
Complainant’s Request for Records of Closed Case File

Requester asked whether the Honolulu Ethics Commission (Commission) properly denied his request for access to a case file.

OIP found that portions of the requested case file are Requester’s personal record. Requester is entitled to those portions under Part III of the UIPA, which governs access of an individual to his personal records maintained by government agencies, subject to any applicable exemptions to disclosure at section 92F 22, HRS. The remainder of the case file is not about Requester and is not his personal record, but is available to him under Part II of the UIPA, which governs public access to government records, except to the extent that the exceptions to disclosure at section 92F-13, HRS, allow the Commission to withhold certain portions from the public.