Judge orders Jersey City to fork over traffic summons data

A Superior Court judge in Hudson County has ruled that Jersey City must provide traffic summons data at no cost to a records requestor who had been assessed a special service charge of $1024 for the report.  Judge Joseph Turula opined that filling the request should not require an “extraordinary expenditure of time.”  

This case also demonstrates that running a report off a database is not the same thing as “creating a record,” which clerks are not required to do to fill an OPRA request.  As GRC Deputy Director Dawn San Filippo stated at the GRC’s OPRA seminar in Trenton last year, “Querying a database in not creating a record.”   -NJFOG


By Terrence T. McDonald
The Jersey Journal
February 17, 2016 (updated 2/18/16)

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