The policy statement on public records found in 1 V.S.A. § 315 calls for the free and open examination of records, but acknowledges that certain records should be protected from public inspection to safeguard the privacy of individuals.
Under the Public Records Act, all public records are open to public inspection unless specifically exempted by law. A core set of these exempt records are outlined in 1 V.S.A. § 317, but many exemptions also exist outside of 1 V.S.A. § 317.