A&A: Is there a statute of limitations on CPRA cases?

Q: I have read the California Public Records Act and I have been unable to find a statute of limitations. Are you aware of any authorities that indicate how long a plaintiff has to sue under the CPRA?

A: The Public Records Act (“PRA” or the “Act”) does not provide for a statute of limitations for filing suit to enforce the provisions of the Act, and it is not entirely clear what statute of limitations might apply.

If you are considering litigation, however, I recommend that you seek specific legal advice from an attorney. You might consider using FAC’s Lawyer’s Assistance Request Form at https://firstamendmentcoalition.org/lawyers-assistance-request-form/
to find an attorney experienced in open records issues.

Holme Roberts & Owen LLP is general counsel for the First Amendment Coalition and responds to FAC hotline inquiries. In responding to these inquiries, we can give general information regarding open government and speech issues but cannot provide specific legal advice or representation.