Connecticut Freedom of Information Act

The following lesson was provided to Connecticut Public and WSHU on August 16, 2022.

About Your Instructor

Dan Barrett is the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut’s legal director. His interests in the law include anonymous speech, freedom of movement, mass surveillance, and maximizing democratic control of government through open courts and open records. Prior to coming to the ACLU of Connecticut, Dan directed the litigation at the ACLU of Vermont for seven years and clerked for the Hon. Janet Bond Arterton of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.

Prerequisite Viewing

Introduction to Connecticut Public Records
Connecticut Public Record Appeals
Introduction to Connecticut Open Meeting Law

Additional Connecticut FOIA Lessons

3 Requests 3 Stories
How Newsrooms Fight Public Record Denials

Other Materials

Connecticut Public Records Request Template

Please contact Dan Barrett at with questions about the content of this lesson. If you’re experiencing any technical issues, please email Justin Silverman at