“Unpublished opinions” are not published in the law books and are not ordinarily written about in legal periodicals.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 I think that it’s important that court opinions, even if they are not precedential, are easily accessible for future use.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. Lakewood Township, et al
Ocean County, Docket No. OCN-L-1292-14
Hon. Vincent J. Grasso, A.J.S.C.
October 2, 2014
Click here for the court’s decision.

Summary: A local police department’s policy regarding the creation and retention of dash cam videos has the force of law within the meaning of NJSA 47:1A-1.1 and therefore the dash cam videos are not exempt as “criminal investigatory records.”

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