Can a public body block release of meeting minutes under OPRA simply by failing to approve them?

Governmental bodies are required to keep minutes of their public meetings under the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA), but release of those records is largely governed by the Open Public Records Act (OPRA). Though the OPMA requires that minutes be Continue Reading →

Lawsuit seeks settlement docs/terms prior to formal signing of agreement

Settlement agreements involving governmental agencies or officials are public records.  However, public agencies often balk at releasing these records or disclose only the final signed agreement at best. Settlements often involve large sums of public money, whether paid by a Continue Reading →

CASE SUMMARY: Libertarians for Transparent Government (LFTG) v. Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office

Case Name: Libertarians for Transparent Government (LFTG) v. Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Docket Number: BUR-L-1567-16 County / Vicinage: Burlington (originally filed in Mercer Co., but transferred to Burlington Co.) Filing Date: July 21, 2016 Judge: Bookbinder, Ronald Status: Open (as Continue Reading →

CASE SUMMARY: LFTG v. Willingboro Township

CASE SUMMARY:  LFTG v. Willingboro Township   Case Name: Libertarians for Transparent Government (LFTG) v. Willingboro Township and Sarah Wooding Docket Number: BUR-L-1415-16 County: Burlington Filing Date: July 1, 2016 Presiding Judge:  Bookbinder, Ronald E. Status: Resolved except issue of Continue Reading →