“Unpublished opinions” are not published in the law books and are not ordinarily written about in legal periodicals.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 I think that it’s important that court opinions, even if they are not precedential, are easily accessible for future use.

Perry Bolkin v. Borough of Fair Lawn, et al
Sat below: Hon. Peter E. Doyne, A.J.S.C.
Appellate Docket No. A-2205-12T4
Date of Appellate Decision: June 16, 2014
Trial Court Docket No. BER-L-6547-12
Date of trial court decision: December 5, 2012
Click here and here, respectively, for the trial court’s and the Appellate Division’s decisions.

Summary: Appellate Division upheld trial court’s decision that pet owners’ names and mailing addresses were disclosable under the Open Public Records Act (OPRA), where the requestor promised that he would not divulge the information obtained to anyone else and to limit his use of the information to send pet owners information through the mail.

Chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party's Open Government Advocacy Project. Please send all comments to [email protected]