valid in the Czech Republic
which should be known to researchers

Archives Law
number 97/1974,
changed by laws number 343/1992, 27/2000, 107/2002 and 320/2002

Part 3
Access to archival documents
paragraph 11

Access to archival documents to Czechoslovak state citizens, bodies and organizations.
(1) Everybody can access archival documents housed at archives. Documents which are younger more than 30 years can be accessed only with permission of a director or head of archives.
(2) The access permission to archival documents younger more than 30 years can not be issued if it could endanger the state or public security or interests of people protected by laws. The same reasons are valid to refuse the access to other archival documents.
(3) Access to archival documents housed at archives cannot be denied or tied to permission of the competent body.
a) to subjects cited in the paragraph 6 clause 4 (authors of documents and their legal successors, liquidators)
b) to state bodies whose work requests the access to archival documents
c) to state bodies whose access is permitted in virtue of special laws (e.g. prosecution law)
d) to judicial executor and executive subjects whose access is permitted in virtue of special laws e) if it concerns documents and archival documents of the Czechoslovak Communist Party
(4) Archival documents given to protection of archives can be accessed in virtue of conditions cited in the agreement.
(5) Extracts, transcriptions and copies of archival documents can be issued only under conditions valid for the access to archival documents.

Vital Registers Law
number 301/2000

Part 2
Period of housing vital registers and registry of documents
paragraph 23

(1) Vital registers will be housed at vital registers office after the last entry:
a) register of births for 100 years
b) register of marriages for 75 years
c) register of deaths for 75 years
(2) After the mentioned period vital registers will be forwarded to the appropriate state regional archives.

paragraph 25

(1) Vital registers office will issue a certificate or permit an access to a vital register or registry of documents and to do extracts in presence of vital registers clerk.
a) to a subject to the law or members of his family (husband / wife, parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren), his siblings or authorized substitutes
b) to state authorities
c) to official church authorities or authorized priests if it concerns vital registers kept by them untill 31. 12. 1949