Baltimore Police Department v. Open Justice Baltimore

Supreme Court of Maryland - August 31, 2023 - A.3d - 2023 WL 5616318

Organization interested in investigating and publicizing reports of police misconduct sought judicial review of police department’s denial of organization’s request under Maryland Public Information Act (MPIA) to waive estimated fees of approximately $245,000 to produce records relating to incidents involving uses of force.

The Circuit Court upheld police department’s denial of fee waiver. Organization appealed. The Court of Special Appeals reversed. Police department and police commissioner filed petition for writ of certiorari, and petition was granted.

As matters of first impression, the Supreme Court held that:

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