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Attorney General's Public Records and Meetings Manual 2014 - Public Records Law Appendix H

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Attorney General’s Uniform Rule for Personal Safety Exemption

As Amended Effective January 1, 2008 

Public Records Personal Safety Exemption

137-004-0800 (1) An individual may request that a public body not disclose the information in a specified public record that indicates the home address, personal telephone number or personal electronic mail address of the individual. If the individual demonstrates to the satisfaction of the public body that the personal safety of the individual or the personal safety of a family member residing with the individual is in danger if the home address, personal telephone number or personal electronic mail address remains available for public inspection, the public body may not disclose that information from the specified public record, except in compliance with a court order, to a law enforcement agency at the request of the law enforcement agency, or with the consent of the individual.

(2) A request under subsection (1) of this rule shall be submitted to the custodian of public records for the public record that is the subject of the request. The request shall be in writing, signed by the requestor, and shall include:

(a) The name or a description of the public record sufficient to identify the record;

(b)  A mailing address for the requestor.

(c)  Evidence sufficient to establish to the satisfaction of the public body that disclosure of the requestor’s home address, personal telephone number or personal electronic mail address would constitute a danger to the personal safety of the requestor or of a family member residing with the requestor. Such evidence may include copies of the following documents:

(A) Documentary evidence, including a written statement, that establishes to the satisfaction of the public body that disclosure of the requestor’s home address, personal telephone number or personal electronic mail address would constitute a danger to the personal safety of the requestor or of a family member residing with the requestor.

(B) A citation or an order issued under ORS 133.055 for the protection of the requestor or a family member residing with the requester;

(C) An affidavit or police reports showing that a law enforcement officer has been contacted concerning domestic violence, other physical abuse or threatening or harassing letters or telephone calls directed at the requestor or a family member residing with the requestor;

(D) A temporary restraining order or other no-contact order to protect the requestor or a family member residing with the requestor from future physical abuse;

(E) Court records showing that criminal or civil legal proceedings have been filed regarding physical protection for the requestor or a family member residing with the requestor;

(F) A citation or a court’s stalking protective order pursuant to ORS 163.735 or 163.738, issued or obtained for the protection of the requestor or a family member residing with the requestor;

(G) An affidavit or police reports showing that the requestor or a family member residing with the requestor has been a victim of a person convicted of the crime of stalking or of violating a court’s stalking protective order;

(H) A conditional release agreement issued under ORS 135.250-260 providing protection for the requestor or a family member residing with the requestor;

(I) A protective order issued pursuant to ORS 135.873 or 135.970 protecting the identity or place of residence of the requestor or a family member residing with the requestor;

(J) An affidavit from a district attorney or deputy district attorney stating that the requestor or a family member residing with the requestor is scheduled to testify or has testified as a witness at a criminal trial, grand jury hearing or preliminary hearing and that such testimony places the personal safety of the witness in danger;

(K) A court order stating that the requestor or a family member residing with the requestor is or has been a party, juror, judge, attorney or involved in some other capacity in a trial, grand jury proceeding or other court proceeding and that such involvement places the personal safety of that individual in danger; or

(L) An affidavit, medical records, police reports or court records showing that the requestor or a family member residing with the requestor has been a victim of domestic violence.

(3) A public body receiving a request under this rule promptly shall review the request and notify the requestor, in writing, whether the evidence submitted is sufficient to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the public body that the personal safety of the requestor or of a family member residing with the requestor would be in danger if the home address, personal telephone number or personal electronic mail address remains available for public inspection. The public body may request that the requester submit additional information concerning the request.

(4) If a public body grants the request for exemption with respect to records other than a voter registration record, the public body shall include a statement in its notice to the requester that:

(a) The exemption remains effective for five years from the date the public body received the request, unless the requestor submits a written request for termination of the exemption before the end of five years; and

(b) The requestor may make a new request for exemption at the end of the five years. If a public body grants the request for exemption with respect to a voter registration record, the public body shall include a statement in its notice to the requestor that:

(A) The exemption remains effective until the requester must update the individual’s voter registration, unless the requestor submits a written request for termination of the exemption before that time; and

(B) The requestor may make a new request for exemption from disclosure at that time.

(5) A person who has requested that a public body not disclose his or her home address, personal telephone number or personal electronic mail address may revoke the request by notifying, in writing, the public body to which the request was made that disclosure no longer constitutes a danger to personal safety. The notification shall be signed by the person who submitted the original request for nondisclosure of the home address, personal telephone number or personal electronic mail address.

(6) This rule does not apply to county property and lien records.

(7) As used in this rule:

(a) “Custodian” has the meaning given that term in ORS 192.410(1);

(b) “Public body” has the same meaning given that phrase in ORS 192.410(3).

Stat. Authority: ORS 192.445

Stats. Implemented: ORS 192.445

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