Category: Open Public Records Act

Understanding the Limits of “Overly Broad” OPRA Denials

A recent Appellate Division decision provides a useful discussion of how to determine when a request under the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) is “overly broad.” As highlighted in Wronko v. Township of Jackson, et al., not all blanket requests may be denied under OPRA. Facts of the Case Plaintiff

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NJ Supreme Court Orders Release of Dash Cam Video in OPRA Case

The Supreme Court of New Jersey recently held that the public has the right to access recordings from the mobile video recorders (MVRs) in police vehicles under the common law right of access. The court further held in North Jersey Media Group, Inc. v. Township of Lyndhurst that unredacted Use of

OPRA Requestor’s Declaratory Judgement Action Deemed Moot

In Stop & Shop Supermarket Company, LLC v. County of Bergen, the Appellate Division affirmed the dismissal of a declaratory judgment action arising from a records dispute under the state’s Open Public Records Act (OPRA). Because the OPRA requestor had received the documents at issue prior to filing the suit,

NJ Appeals Court Rules OPRA Requests Subject to OPRA

NJ Appeals Court Rules OPRA Requests Subject to OPRA

In Scheeler v. Office of the Governor, the Appellate Division held that third-party requests for documents under the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) are subject to disclosure under OPRA. In so ruling, the appeals court rejected the argument that such OPRA requests lack the required specificity and would constitute an

NJ Supreme Court to Consider Disclosure of Police Dash Cam Videos

NJ Supreme Court to Consider Disclosure of Police Dash Cam Videos

The Supreme Court of New Jersey recently agreed to add another key case involving the state’s Open Public Records Act (OPRA) to its docket. Paff v. Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office revolves around the disclosure of police video recordings, which has become a high-profile issue in the wake of several controversial police-involved

NJ Supreme Court Holds Security Footage Not Subject to OPRA

In Gilleran v. Township of Bloomfield, the Supreme Court of New Jersey held that security footage from a camera located outside a town hall was not subject to disclosure under the Open Public Records Act (OPRA). According to the state’s highest court, “Compelling release on demand of security surveillance video would be

NJ Supreme Court Rejects Appellate Division’s Expanded Rice Notice Requirements

Third Circuit Holds Media Not Entitled to Bridgegate Docs

In North Jersey Media Group Inc. v. United States, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals held that the media has no public right of access to a letter sealed by the court in the criminal prosecution of William Baroni and Bridget Anne Kelly, commonly referred to as the “Bridgegate” case.