Public Records Requests

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Public Records Guidelines

  • The District Attorney’s Office maintains records related to criminal investigations and prosecutions.
  • When submitting a Public Records Request to this Office, please be as specific as possible when describing the records you seek.
    • The more specific you are, the more efficiently we can respond to your request.
    •  For example, If you ask for “any and all records” it will take more time (and likely be more costly) than if you request “all police reports,” because we will be required to locate and review a higher volume of records.
  • Please note that certain records or portions thereof are exempt from disclosure under the public records law and those records will be withheld.  
    • Examples of exempt records include:
      • materials pertaining to on-going investigations or prosecutions (G.L. c. 4 §7(26)(f));
      • personal identifying information (G.L. c. 4, §7 (26)(c));
      • grand jury minutes and related materials (G.L. c. 4, §7 (26)(a) & (f); Mass. R. Crim. P. 5 (d));
      • medical, health, and hospital records  (G.L. c. 4, §7 (26)(c));
      • autopsy reports  (G.L. c. 4, §7 (26) (a) & (c); G.L. c 38 §2);
      • attorney work product and materials protected by the attorney client privilege  (G.L. c. 4, §7 (26)(d); DaRosa v. City of New Bedford, 471 Mass. 446 (2015); Suffolk Construction Co. Inc., v.  Division of Capital Asset Management, 449 Mass. 444 (2007));
      • materials pertaining to juvenile delinquency cases (G.L. c. 119 §60A);
      • Criminal Offender Record Information (“CORI”) (G.L. c. 4 §7(26)(a); G.L. c 6 §§167A, 172);
      • reports of rape, sexual assault, or domestic violence (G.L. c. 4 §7(26)(a); G.L. c 41 § 97D); and
      • personnel files (G.L. c. 4 §7(26)(c));
    • For a complete listing of the exemptions to the Public Records Law, please see “A Guide to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, “opens in a new window available at The Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Office.

Records Access Officer:

Karen Palumbo
Assistant District Attorney
166 Main Street
Brockton, MA 02301
PlymouthDA.PublicRecords@mass.govopens in a new window

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