Appealing a Denial of Access to Public Records in Massachusetts
Anyone denied access to public records has the right of appeal to the Supervisor of Records. A records custodian must comply with a request for records within ten (10) calendar days. If a custodian fails to respond within ten (10) days, a requester may file an appeal, so long as the appeal is filed within ninety (90) calendar days of the request. If a response has been provided a requester may appeal within ninety (90) days of the response. To petition an appeal, you must send the Supervisor of Records copies of the following:
- The written request;
- The written response, if any; and
- A brief letter detailing the reason for the appeal.
For more information on the appeals process, please see 950 CMR 32.08 (2) or our publication, A Guide to the Massachusetts Public Records Law (PDF).