Massachusetts Public Record
The term public records as used in Massachusetts Public Records refer to the official records of the government in regard to some events that would require the intervention of the government, and there are various classes of public records for such purposes as most of the records that the government would make in the pursuit of their mandate could be rightly classified as public records. The public make the request for these records because they realize that because these records are the official records of the government, they are the best evidence that could be presented in order to prove something.
What exactly could be proven by the records would depend on the type of record that would be requested for and most of these records could only prove one thing. In regards to the contents of the records, the person who would be presenting copies of these records would be under no obligation to prove the same because of the fact that these records are the official records of the government. As the official records of the government, these records are afforded the presumption of regularity such that the content of the records are presumed to be true and accurate at all times and that there is no need for the person presenting the copies of the records to prove the same. It must, however, be noted that the presumption of regularity applies only if the records in question were obtained from the proper sources.
Another advantage of these records would be the fact that these records are public records and because of that, they could be requested for by any person who would make the request for copies of these records. This does not mean, however, that the records come for free as a person who would make the request for copies of these records would still be obligated to pay for the copies of the records in question, though the required fee to pay for copies of the records would be very minimal so as not to present a true obstacle to any person who would make the request for the same.
A request for copies of the records in question should be done at the office where the records are being kept, thus, the first thing that must be done when making the request is to determine which office keeps the records. the method for making the request would depend on the office where the request would be made, but in general, requests are made either through the mail or in person with both methods having their own advantage and disadvantage that the person making the request would also have to take into consideration.
Public Records Massachusetts are also available online through the use of online databases. Faster and more efficient than the more traditional search methods, these online database could also present information that would be substantially the same as that which could be found from the various databases though note that because they are not official sources, any and all information obtained from these databases could not be used for official purposes.