“Unpublished opinions” are not published in the law books and are not ordinarily written about in legal periodicals.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 I think that it’s important that court opinions, even if they are not precedential, are easily accessible for future use.

Yaakov Wenger v. Lakewood Fire District No. 1, et al.
Ocean County, Docket No. OCE-L-2466-13
Hon. Vincent J. Grasso, A.J.S.C.
October 30, 2014
Click here for the court’s decision.

Summary: 1) Agency officials’ certification that they have every document “to the best of their knowledge” has been disclosed to the requestor is not a proper OPRA denial.  2)  Fire District ordered to officially appoint a records custodian and reconsider requestor’s request anew and provide a proper response as required by OPRA.

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