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Florida Prisoners Have No Right to “Free” Public Records

Florida’s First District Court of Appeals has held that a prisoner is not entitled to free copies of records in the custody of the state attorney and the clerk of the Court. The Court said that prisoners are “in the same position as anyone else seeking public records who cannot pay” the required cost.

The Appellant was provided a transcript of his trial, but seeks an original photographic exhibit in lieu of a copy and original documents of the State Attorney distinct from those placed in evidence. All are public records are subject to payment of costs. The Trial Court’s order denying free copies was affirmed. See: Kyser v. State, 647 So.2d 183 (Fla. 1st DCA 1994).

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