FREEDOM OF INFORMATION
COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
Mr. & Mrs. Charles
2059 Overbrook Road
Lynchburg, Virginia 24501
The staff of
the Freedom of Information Advisory Council is authorized
to issue advisory opinions. The ensuing staff advisory opinion
is based solely upon the information presented in your correspondence
of August 5, 2001.
Dear Mr. and Mrs.
You have asked a
question concerning access to documents from the Virginia
Department of Corrections ("the Department") under the Virginia
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Specifically, you are trying
to obtain the name of the physician at a particular state
correctional facility. You ask if the name of the physician
is available under FOIA, and to whom you should address such
Subsection A of
§ 2.1-342 of the Code of Virginia states that [e]xcept
as otherwise specifically provided by law, all public records
shall be open to inspection and copying by any citizens of
the Commonwealth.1 As such, unless a specific
statutory provision exempts the requested information, it
must be made available to the public. There is no exemption
in FOIA that would exempt the name of a physician working
for the Department from disclosure. It seems likely that either
the chief physician for the Department or the particular facility
at which the physician works would be able to supply this
Thank you for contacting
this office. I hope that I have been of assistance.
Maria J.K. Everett
Code Ann. § 2.2-3704(A) (Michie 2001) (effective Oct.1, 2001).