NJ Open Government Notes

Unpublished trial court OPRA opinion

“Unpublished opinions” are not published in the law books and are not ordinarily written about in legal periodicals.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 I think that it’s important that court opinions, even if they are not precedential, are easily accessible for future use.

Ganzweig v. Township of Lakewood
Ocean County, Docket No. OCN-L-2392-13
Hon. Vincent J. Grasso, A.J.S.C.
September 27, 2013
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Summary:  Records that later form the basis of a police internal affairs investigation do not become retroactively exempt from OPRA’s disclosure requirement, declining to follow Blaustein v. Lakewood Police Department, Government Records Council Complaint No. 2011-102 (June 26, 2012)

By John Paff

Chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party's Open Government Advocacy Project