Incident reports Re jail fatality are disclosable under OPRA

Upholding a lower court, an Appellate Court ruled on 6/4/2018 that incident reports relating to a Union County jail inmate’s death are disclosable, subject to appropriate redactions for personal identifiers. The Court rejected the argument that an incident report is Continue Reading →

NJ Supreme Court hears argument Re access to police dashcam video

The New Jersey Supreme Court heard arguments on 2/27/2018 concerning public access to police dashcam video in the case Paff v. Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office. The New Jersey Law Journal article below provides a nice summary of the arguments presented Continue Reading →

OPRA’s “reason for separation” does not include motivation for resigning, per Appellate Court

An appellate court ruled that “reason for separation” under OPRA does not include an employee’s motivation for resigning. However, the court also ruled that a records request concerning an employee’s separation should prompt a broad search of agency records, not Continue Reading →

Appellate Court expands OPRA exemption for student records, 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 →