Data Request Policy
Responsible Authority: Jenny Starr, Chief Judge
Data Practices Compliance Official: Kelly Anderson, Staff Attorney
Right to Access Public Data
As provided by the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, all government data is public unless a specific state or federal law says otherwise. “Government data” includes all recorded information in the possession of a government entity, including printed documents, emails, CDs, photographs, etc.
You have the right to request and inspect public data received and maintained by the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) free of charge. OAH may charge for copies of public data. You may look at public data, free of charge, before deciding whether to pay for copies.
You may ask for specific types of data, specific documents or portions of documents, or entire records or files by contacting Kelly Anderson at Kelly.M.Anderson@state.mn.us. You do not have to give a reason. Your contact information may be needed in order to provide copies to you. When making a request, please state whether you would like to look at the data, receive copies, or both.
OAH is not required to create or collect new data in response to a data request, or provide data in a specific form or arrangement. For example, if the data is in paper form only, OAH is not required to create electronic documents to respond to your request. OAH will try to work with you to satisfy the specifics of your request.
If the requested data is not public, OAH will notify you of the reason for denying your request.
Cost of Copies
If you request electronic copies of public data, OAH may require you to pay the actual costs of retrieving the data, including the cost of employee time spent on the request.
OAH charges 25 cents per page of public data printed or copied. If the total cost is $50 or more, OAH requires prepayment before providing the copies.