Appellate Court exempts student records from OPRA, requires court order

A October 16, 2017 Appellate Court ruling blocks access to student records by non-authorized persons without parental consent or a court order. This would appear to include matters of significant public concern. John Paff wrote, “This sweeping decision appears to Continue Reading →

Should elected officials be allowed to phone in to public meetings?

Allowing the members of a public body to attend its public meetings by phone is a practice increasingly mired in controversy. Should it be legal in other than emergency or special circumstances? Certainly, members of the public can’t do it Continue Reading →

ELEC has oversight authority, rules Appellate Court

An Appellate Court has ruled that the lack of appointees to the Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) doesn’t limit the agency’s statutory authority to enforce the state’s campaign finance laws. In a published decision, the 3-judge Appellate Division panel overturned Continue Reading →

NJ Supreme Court fails to close door on “first strike” suits by public agencies. Legislature must step up.

The Editors of the New Jersey Law Journal have written an excellent commentary piece on the New Jersey Supreme Court’s 8/3/2017 decision in the case of Jeff Carter v. NJ State Firemen’s Association (NJSFA) (A-68-15). Below is NJFOG’s short summary Continue Reading →