Delaware Freedom of Information
The Delaware Freedom of Information Act is a series of laws designed to guarantee that the public has access to the public records of governmental bodies. The law was enacted in 1977. The Act provides that “it is vital in a democratic society that public business be performed in an open and public manner so that the citizens shall have the opportunity to observe the performance of public officials and to monitor the decisions that are made by such officials in formulating and executing public policy; and further, it is vital that citizens have easy access to public records in order that the society remain free and democratic. Toward these ends, and to further the accountability of government to the citizens of this State, this chapter is adopted, and shall be construed.” The Act is provided under 29 Del. C. §10001 to 10006 et seq. The Delaware Open Meetings Law is a part of the Act. It legislates the methods by which public meetings are conducted.