FAC Urges California Supreme Court to Ensure Public Access to Arrest Information

Justices should grant review in a case over public access to older arrest information, FAC argues in amicus letter

Case: Kinney v. Superior Court, No. S274622

Court: California Supreme Court

Date filed: June 17, 2022

Position: The California Supreme Court should grant review to clarify the legal standard for release of arrest data under the California Public Records Act. The “contemporaneous” standard articulated by the Fifth District Court of Appeal is vague and departs from both the language and spirit of the CPRA and California Constitution, and the decision at issue therefore confuses the law, FAC Legal Fellow Monica Price writes in an amicus letter supporting petition for review. Read the petition for review. 

Coalition partners: Joining FAC are Bay Area News Group, California Black Media, California News Publishers Association, Californians Aware, the Center for Investigative Reporting (d/b/a “Reveal”), Ethnic Media Services, Los Angeles Press Club, Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and Adjunct Professor Susan E. Seager with the Press Freedom Project at the University of California, Irvine, School of Law Intellectual Property Clinic. 

Update July 13, 2022: The California Supreme Court declined to take up the case and turned down a request for depublication of the lower court’s opinion. See the docket.

Read FAC’s amicus letter urging California’s high court to grant review.