public records exception
- A provision that permits the use of records, reports, statements, or data gathered by public offices or agencies as evidence. This can include summaries of an office's activities, observations reported by law, or conclusions from an investigation conducted under legal authority. These records could be used in civil or criminal actions against the government
- The attorney presented the report from the State Department as evidence, under the public records exception.
- The public records exception allowed the evidence, a safety inspection report from a city agency, to be admitted in court.
- Due to the public records exception, the summary of the government's internal audit was presented as evidence.