NJ Open Government Notes

Unpublished trial court OPRA opinion.

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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.”

By John Paff

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