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Public Records Protection And Recovery   

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(a) If a person, organization, or institution that receives a written notice and demand from the secretary pursuant to Section 6204 does not deliver the described record, does not respond to the notice and demand within the required time, or does not adequately demonstrate that the record does not belong to the state or a local agency, the secretary may ask the Attorney General to petition the superior court in the county in which the records are located for an order requiring the return of the record.

(b) After a hearing, and upon a finding that the specified record is in the possession of a person, organization, or institution not authorized by law to possess the record, the court shall order the record to be delivered to the archivist or other government official designated by the court.

(c) The court may issue any order necessary to protect the record from destruction, alteration, transfer, conveyance, or alienation by the person, organization, or institution in possession of the record, and may order the record to be surrendered into the custody of the archivist pending the court's decision on the petition.The court may order the record to be available for public access under a request made pursuant to the California Public Records Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 6250)).

(Added by Stats. 2009, Ch. 519, Sec. 1.)