Section 36-12-41

Public officers to provide certified copies of writings upon payment of fees therefor; admissibility in evidence of copies.

Every public officer having the custody of a public writing which a citizen has a right to inspect is bound to give him, on demand, a certified copy of it, on payment of the legal fees therefor, and such copy is admissible as evidence in like cases and with like effect as the original writing.

(Code 1923, §2696; Code 1940, T. 41, §147.)