Montana Code Annotated 2013

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     2-6-101. Definitions. (1) Writings are of two kinds:
     (a) public; and
     (b) private.
     (2) Public writings are:
     (a) the written acts or records of the acts of the sovereign authority, of official bodies and tribunals, and of public officers, legislative, judicial, and executive, whether of this state, of the United States, of a sister state, or of a foreign country, except records that are constitutionally protected from disclosure;
     (b) public records, kept in this state, of private writings, including electronic mail, except as provided in 22-1-1103 and 22-3-807 and except for records that are constitutionally protected from disclosure.
     (3) Public writings are divided into four classes:
     (a) laws;
     (b) judicial records;
     (c) other official documents;
     (d) public records, kept in this state, of private writings, including electronic mail.
     (4) All other writings are private.

     History: En. Secs. 3170, 3171, 3172, 3182, C. Civ. Proc. 1895; re-en. Secs. 7895, 7896, 7897, 7900, Rev. C. 1907; re-en. Secs. 10539, 10540, 10541, 10544, R.C.M. 1921; Cal. C. Civ. Proc. Secs. 1887, 1888, 1889, 1894; re-en. Secs. 10539, 10540, 10541, 10544, R.C.M. 1935; R.C.M. 1947, 93-1001-1, 93-1001-2, 93-1001-3, 93-1001-6; amd. Sec. 4, Ch. 476, L. 1985; amd. Sec. 11, Ch. 748, L. 1991; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 485, L. 1999; amd. Sec. 2, Ch. 77, L. 2001.

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