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Record Requests

All requests for records will be processed in good faith according to the guidelines as stated in the Florida Statutes Chapter 119 and other relevant laws.

How to Request a Public Record

A request for a public record can be made by e-mail to: Med_Exam_Trauma@broward.org. Requests can also be made by calling 954-357-5200 or in person at 5301 S.W. 31st Avenue,
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, except holidays. Requests for records by e-mail are more efficient and thereby require less time to complete.

Provide as much information as possible about the specific record you are requesting to assist the Medical Examiner/Trauma in providing the most accurate information. For issues about an individual case, please provide at least the names, dates and circumstances. Requests for information on broad topics may require report generation that may or may not be available.

Costs

There may be a fee for a public record request, depending upon the amount of staff time required to fulfill the request and costs such as photocopying.  A cost estimate will be provided prior to researching and providing the records. Record requests from law enforcement agencies are not charged.

The following are the most common costs:

Clerical time (includes research and redaction time): first 15 minutes are free; then $2.50 for each fifteen minute segment thereafter.

Copies: first 50 pages are free; then 15 cents for each one-sided copy and 20 cents for each two-sided copy.

Delivery Fee (Mailing, Shipping): charged as incurred.

Exemptions

All record requests will be reviewed to determine if the record exists and if all or parts of the record are exempt or confidential. If parts of the record are exempt, those parts will be redacted. If the entire record is exempt, a reason for the exemption will be provided. As an example, records pertaining to an active criminal investigation are exempt. See Florida Statute 119.071 for a detailed list of exempted records.