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Freedom of Information Act
Freedom of Information Act
The Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), located at § 2.2-3700 et seq. of the Code of Virginia, guarantees citizens of the Commonwealth and representatives of the media access to public records held by public bodies, public officials, and public employees.

A public record is any writing or recording - regardless of whether it is a paper record, an electronic file, an audio or video recording, or any other format - that is prepared or owned by, or in the possession of, a public body or its officers, employees, or agents in the transaction of public business.  All public records are presumed to be open, and may only be withheld if a specific, statutory exemption applies.

Freedom of Information Act requests are processed by the County Attorney's Office and County Administrator's Office in a manner and timeframe as established by Virginia Code.  Freedom of Information Act requests may be submitted by filling out the Orange County Information Request Form and submitting it to the Administration Office via fax, email, U. S. Mail Service, or hand delivery.