“Unpublished opinions” are not published in the law books and are not ordinarily written about in legal periodicals. Unless somebody puts them on-line and calls attention to them, they are likely not to be located by people who may want to search for them. I think that it’s important that court opinions, even if they are not precedential, are easily accessible for future use.

Linda S. Baum v. Middletown Public Library Board of Trustees, et al
Monmouth County, Docket No. MON-L-2145-13
Hon. Lawrence M. Lawson, A.J.S.C.
July 1, 2013
Click here for the opinion.

Township Committeeman caused an OPRA request to be submitted to the public library for e-mails regarding library business between the Library Director and two private citizens.  Plaintiff, who is politically active in the community and one of the parties to the requested e-mails, sued to prevent release of her e-mails, asserting a privacy interest.  Judge Lawson held that Plaintiff did not meet the standard required for issuance of an injunction or temporary restraints.

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