As I reported on January 22, 2016, Burlington County Assignment Judge Ronald E. Bookbinder ruled last year that records requestor Harry Scheeler does not have to reside in New Jersey in order to use and enforce his rights under the Open Public Records Act (OPRA).

On January 20, 2016, the Atlantic County Municipal Joint Insurance Fund, the defendant in the case, appealed Bookbinder’s decision as well as his ruling that required the Fund to pay Scheeler’s attorney, CJ Griffin of Hackensack, $18,326.10 in fees and costs.

It will probably take a year or more for the Appellate Division to rule on this case.

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