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What is "a matter of public record"? Thanks.

Forbes and his staff analyzed Carlos Ferlini’s bill from St. Joseph’s, using figures that American hospitals are required to submit to the federal government each year. Those figures are a matter of public record.

I checked the dictionary, there is a saying that a matter of record is a phrase and means that the things or figures can be checked and have a record or a file. But what is a matter of public record.

Does that mean that the record and file are open to public?

Thank you very much.
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Yes, precisely.
Mister MicawberYes, precisely.

Thank's for you confirmation.
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When a document (or a part of a document, such as specific figures and findings) is referred to as "a matter of public record," the speaker is indicating that members of the general public have the legal right to read and/or request a copy of that document. This stands in contrast to private and/or proprietary documents and information, for which the public generally has no right to without the consent of the owner/rightsholder of those documents.

The public generally has access to documents in the public record as a result of specific legislation, such as the California Public Records Act of 2004 (http://ag.ca.gov/publications/summary_public_records_act.pdf ).
This is a great answer, but please note the original question was asked and answered to the poster's satisfaction five years ago.

Great answers are always welcome here, but it would be a better use of your efforts to look for recent posts that don't have any answers (or don't have a comprehensive answer) and share your thoughts there.
When a document (or a part of a document, such as specific figures and findings) is referred to as "a matter of public record," the speaker is indicating that members of the general public have the legal right to read and/or request a copy of that document. This stands in contrast to private and/or proprietary documents and information, for which the public generally has no right to without the consent of the owner/rightsholder of those documents.

The public generally has access to documents in the public record as a result of specific legislation, such as the California Public Records Act of 2004 (http://ag.ca.gov/publications/summary_public_records_act.pdf ).
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I didn't consider "Yes, precisely" to be a satisfactory answer to the question "What is 'a matter of public record?'", hence my contribution. You might consider making your auto-responder be a bit less snarky, as people other than the original poster might be interested in an actual answer, regardless of the time since original posting.
Hi,

The original post ended with the question Does that mean that the record and file are open to public?

'Yes, precisely' was intended as an answer to this.

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