Wall Board of Ed. denies release of invoice yet “unapproved for payment”

The Wall Township School Board claimed an unapproved yearbook invoice is deliberative and denied release in response to an OPRA request. A lawsuit has been filed with regard to the issue. NJFOG would argue that billed invoices are public records Continue Reading →

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 →

CASE SUMMARY: LFTG v. Wall Township Board of Education

Case Name: Libertarians for Transparent Government (LFTG) v. Wall Township Board of Education and Brian J. Smyth Docket Number: MON-L-2848-17 County: Monmouth Filing Date: August 3, 2017 Presiding Judge: Not yet assigned (as of 8/10/17) Status: Open Overview: This case Continue Reading →

NJ Supreme Court rules in North Jersey Media v. Lyndhurst Twp.

NEW JERSEY FOUNDATION FOR OPEN GOVERNMENT’S STATEMENT REGARDING NORTH JERSEY MEDIA GROUP, INC. V. TOWNSHIP OF LYNDHURST (N.J. SUPREME COURT OPRA CASE – ACCESS TO CRIMINAL INVESTIGATORY RECORDS) By Walter M. Luers, Esq.   Today, July 11, 2017, the New Continue Reading →

Court consent order cites Lyndhurst officials’ violation of OPMA’s notice requirement

On June 16, 2017, a Bergen County Court found that a March 2016 joint meeting of the Lyndhurst Township Commission and Board of Ed. was not properly noticed and issued a consent order requiring that a shared service agreement be Continue Reading →