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Public Record Requests

What is a Public Record?

Public Records are documents, papers, letters, maps, books, audio and video tapes, photographs, films, sound recordings, or other material regardless of physical form or characteristics, made or received pursuant to law or ordinance or in connection with the transaction of official business by the Department, which are used to perpetuate, communicate or formalize knowledge.

Requests and Fulfillment

Public records held by the Office of the Public Defender 20th Judicial Circuit are available upon request for inspection or copying pursuant to Chapter 119, Florida Statutes, and Article I, s. 24 of the State Constitution.


Records are not always readily available and will have to be located, reviewed for exempt or confidential information, and redacted if necessary. As such, the time to fulfill a public records request will vary depending upon the particular record or records requested and the volume of the request. Department personnel are committed to fulfilling your request as quickly and efficiently as is reasonably possible.


Costs may apply to public records requests. For more information click here.

Making a Public Record Request

You can make your public record request in a variety of ways:

By E-Mail at

Please leave some contact information so we can respond, and include as much detail as possible regarding the records you are requesting, including date ranges.

By Regular Mail to:

Department of Public Records
Office of the Public Defender 20th Judicial Circuit
Lee County Justice Center Annex
P.O. Drawer 1980 Fort Myers, FL 33901-1980

By E-Mail:

By Fax: (239) 533-1562