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 argues that 3-yr old, unapproved, public meeting minutes are not “deliberative”

Many people who have sought public meeting minutes have heard the familiar refrain, “the minutes are not approved for release.” That would seem to imply that failure of a governing body to adopt a set of minutes could forever block Continue Reading →

CASE SUMMARY: John Paff v. Township of Moorestown

Case Name: John Paff v. Township of Moorestown, et al Docket Number: BUR-L-340-16 County: Burlington Filing Date: February 16, 2016 Presiding Judge: Ronald E. Bookbinder Status: OPRA loss/OPMA win. The case is currently on appeal.   Overview: This case presents Continue Reading →

CASE SUMMARY: Dean Smith v. Swedesboro-Woolwich School District et al.

Case Name:  Dean Smith v. Swedesboro-Woolwich School District et al. Docket Number:  GLO-L-652-15 (trial level); A-000840-15 (Appellate Division) County / Vicinage:  Gloucester Filing Date:  May 15, 2015 Judge:  Curio, Georgia M. (trial level) Status:  Closed.  (Appellate Division ruling was released on Continue Reading →