How can I appeal a denial of a FOIA request?

Any person may proceed to enforce the rights and privileges conferred by the Virginia FOIA by filing a petition for mandamus or injunction, supported by an affidavit showing good cause.

Such petition may be brought in the name of the person notwithstanding that a request for public records was made by the person’s attorney in his representative capacity. Venue for the petition shall be addressed as follows:

1. In a case involving a local public body, to the general district court or circuit court of the county or city from which the public body has been elected or appointed to serve and in which such rights and privileges were so denied;

2. In a case involving a regional public body, to the general district or circuit court of the county or city where the principal business office of such body is located; and

3. In a case involving a board, bureau, commission, authority, district, institution, or agency of the state government, including a public institution of higher education, or a standing or other committee of the General Assembly, to the general district court or the circuit court of the residence of the aggrieved party or of the City of Richmond. (Va. Code Ann. § 2.2-3713.)

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1. What is the Virginia Freedom of Information Act?
2. What is the purpose of the Virginia FOIA?
3. Who does the Virginia FOIA apply to?
4. The Virginia FOIA has either limited applicability or does not apply to:
5. What types of records can be requested under the Virginia FOIA?
6. What if I only want a question answered, not records?
7. What if I want a document created?
8. How can I make a request to Louisa County for public records under the Virginia FOIA?
9. Is there a fee for requesting public records under the Virginia FOIA?
10. When does my request expire?
11. What is the timeframe for public bodies to respond to FOIA requests?
12. Can public bodies deny or redact certain information from FOIA requests?
13. How can I appeal a denial of a FOIA request?
14. Can I remain anonymous when making a FOIA request in Virginia?
15. Are there any additional resources available to help me understand and navigate the Virginia FOIA?
16. Who is the FOIA officer for Louisa County?