Public Information Act / Open Records

Public information requests and complaints do not carry a regular docket but must be responded to within a statutorily mandated deadline. When responding to a Public Information Act request, the goal of the Kaufman County Criminal District Attorney's office is to provide the relevant public information as quickly as possible, while at the same time protecting privileged documents from public disclosure that would interfere with the investigation or prosecution of criminal cases.

Section 552.108 of the Texas Government Code contains what is generally referred to as the "law enforcement exception" to the release of certain public records. This exception allows a governmental body to withhold four types of information:

  1. Information If Released Would Affect Investigation or Prosecution: Information that is held by a law enforcement agency or prosecutor that, if disclosed, would interfere with the law enforcement agency or prosecutor's ability to detect, investigate or prosecute a crime;
  2. Information About Certain Prosecutions: Information that deals with the prosecution of crimes that did not result in a conviction or a deferred adjudication;
  3. Threats Against Peace Officers: Information that deals with threats against peace officers collected or disseminated under section 411.048 of the Government Code; or
  4. Information Prepared by Prosecutors: Information that is prepared by a prosecutor in anticipation of, or in the course of preparing for criminal litigation; or that reflects the mental impressions or legal reasoning of the prosecutor.

To file an open records request with Kaufman County, please submit a written request in one of the following ways:

  • By email
  • By fax to 469-595-0168
  • By standard mail to the following address:
     Kaufman County Criminal District Attorney's Office
     Attn: Civil Division - Open Records
     1902 East US HWY 175
     Kaufman, TX 75142
  • In person at the following address:
     Kaufman County Criminal District Attorney's Office
     Attn: Civil Division - Open Records
    1902 East US HWY 175
     Kaufman, TX 75142

Make sure to include the following information with your written request:

  • Your contact information, such as a phone number, email address, and/or physical mailing address. (Please include at least one of these so we can contact you about your request if needed.)
  • A specific description of the information or documents you are requesting. Examples of the descriptions that would be helpful to include are titles of records, dates of records, or case numbers. The more description you can provide, the better. If you are seeking records about a particular person, a date of birth, driver's license number, or other personal identifier would also be helpful.

Download the Public Information Act - Open Records Request Form (PDF)

Public Information Act / Open Records

Karen Badgley, Prosecutor Civil Chief

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Debbie Bonner, Civil Prosecutor

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Brad Hendricks, Civil Prosecutor

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Vacant, Civil Paralegal