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When the Records Custodian Doesn't Respond

OPRA has some pretty tight deadlines. Records custodians must respond to OPRA in seven business days. Lawsuits challenging denials of access must be filed within 45 days. The Government Records Council has prop… >

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Adopted Government Records Council Regulations

On July 12, 2022, we wrote about the Government Records Council’s proposed regulations. This week, on November 7, 2022, the proposed regulations became final. The adopted regulations can be found here (a… >

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Appellate Division Case - L.R. v. Cherry Hill Board of Education

On September 29, 2022, the Appellate Division published an opinion in L.R. v. Cherry Hill Board of Education.  (Disclosure:  we are co-counsel for Plaintiff L.R.). The opinion is available here. Becau… >

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Whether Counsel Fees Should Be Awarded for Common Law Right of Access Cases Is Going to the New Jersey Supreme Court

In the April 8, 2021 decision of the Appellate Division in Gannett Satellite Information Network, LLC v. Township of Neptune, the Court affirmed the trial court’s decision to deny Gannett access to the in… >

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Public Employee Personnel Records

Under OPRA, a public employee’s personnel records are exempt from disclosure, but there are two important exceptions to this general rule. The first is an “exception to the exception.” Althou… >

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Topics in Special Education Law in 2022

On October 19, 2022, Walter Luers will be participating in an NJSBA CLE panel entitled “Topics in Special Education Law in 2022.”  The link to the program is here. This in-person program, which… >

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Designated OPRA Judges (August 2022 Update)

OPRA requires that each county designate a judge to handle OPRA matters. As a result, each County has a designated OPRA judge.  The list may be found here, and was most recently updated on July 20, 2022. E… >

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Tips for Public Agencies

Readers of this blog know that we usually represent OPRA requestors, but we also have represented public officials and public agencies. In our work, we come across common mistakes made by public agencies. This … >

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Appellate Division Win - Kratovil v. City of New Brunswick

On July 13, 2022, the Appellate Division decided Kratovil v. City of New Brunswick, which is an OPRA case in which we represented the Plaintiff.  A copy of the opinion is available here. In this case, Pla… >

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Proposed Government Records Council Regulations

On May 16, 2022, the Government Records Council (“GRC”) published amended proposed regulations that contain important changes in how the GRC handles cases and operates. The most important change is… >

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