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Public Record

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. Commonwealth of Virginia Code § 2.2-3701. All public records are presumed to be open and may be withheld only if a statutory exemption applies.