Public Records Requests

Records maintained by the Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board, except those exempt from disclosure by express provisions of law, are available for public inspection according to the following procedures:

The following laws guide the maintenance and disclosure of records:

California Public Records Act (Government Code section 6250 and following)

The California Public Records Act declares that access to information concerning the conduct of the people's business is a fundamental and necessary right of every person in this state.

California Information Practices Act (Civil Code section 1798 and following)

The Information Practices Act declares that the right to privacy is a personal and fundamental right protected by Section 1 of Article I of the Constitution of California and by the United States Constitution and that all individuals have a right of privacy in information pertaining to them. It further states that in order to protect the privacy of individuals, it is necessary that the maintenance and dissemination of personal information be subject to strict limits.

Confidentiality of Victim Compensation Program Claim Records

All claims filed with the Victim Compensation Program (VCP) are confidential. Except as required by law, the VCP only discloses a victim or applicant's information if we have their written permission. If the applicant or victim is a child or incapacitated adult, the written permission must be provided by a parent, guardian or other person legally authorized to represent the applicant or victim.