The Appellate Group

McKitrick v. Gibson

McKitrick v. Gibson, 2024 UT 1 (Pohlman, J.)

Statutory Interpretation

Journalist requested records under the Government Records Access and Management Act (GRAMA). A lawsuit later ensued, but Journalist lacked standing to intervene. After the suit was dismissed, Journalist moved for an award of attorney fees and litigation costs under the GRAMA fee provision (Utah Code section 63G-2-802). The district court denied the motion, and The Utah Supreme Court reversed, holding:

  • Under the plain language of the GRAMA fee provision, Journalist may be eligible for an award of fees even though neither she nor Ogden City appeals the Review Board’s decision.

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