09.01.04.09

.09 Disclosure Against Public Interest.

A. Denial Pending Court Order.

(1) If, in the opinion of the Secretary, disclosure of any public record that is otherwise required to be disclosed under the Act would do substantial injury to the public interest, the Secretary may temporarily deny the request and seek a court order allowing continued nondisclosure.

(2) A temporary denial shall be in writing.

B. Circuit Court Review.

(1) Within 10 working days after the denial, the Secretary shall apply to the appropriate circuit court for an order permitting continued denial or restriction of access.

(2) Notice of the Secretary’s complaint shall be served on the applicant in the manner provided for service of process by the Maryland Rules.