Tarus v. Pine Hill: You have a common law right to video-record a public meeting

UPDATE (9/28/2017): On 9/13/2017, the Lyndhurst Board of Commissioners adopted Ordinance 2970-17 establishing video-recording rules for its meetings.  As noted below, the ordinance is an overstep such that enforcement could be challenged.

UPDATE (8/10/2017): On August 8th, the Lyndhurst Board of Commissioners introduced Ordinance No. 2970-17, and passed on first reading, a 2nd attempt at regulating video-recording of their meetings. Among other provisions, it requires 1-hour advance notice, set up at least 10 minutes before the start of a meeting, and equipment that is small enough to not disturb others. While watered down from the original version of the ordinance, the remaining provisions still overly restrict the rights of the public such that enforcement would be difficult.

Lyndhurst passes watered down videotaping ordinance
by Katie Sobko
Aug. 8, 2017


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The below article on your right to video or audio record an open public meeting accompanies a video taken by a resident who was told to stop recording at the June 23, 2017 meeting of the Lyndhurst Board of Commissioners. The article is a worthwhile read. NJFOG officers Walter Luers, esq. and John Paff are quoted. So is New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice James R. Zazzali, who wrote in the Court’s opinion in Tarus v. Borough of Pine Hill (2007): “Openness is a hallmark of democracy — a sacred maxim of our government — and video is but a modern instrument in that evolving pursuit.” Read the Court’s full opinion here.


NorthJersey.com | The Bergen Record
Experts blast Lyndhurst’s order for resident to stop recording
by Jaimie Julia Winters
June 26, 2017



Two River Times
By Jay Cook
July 4, 2017
This article highlights the New Jersey Supreme Court’s significant June 20,2017 decision in Paff v. Galloway Township. The article also focuses on open government activism in the Monmouth County area and spotlights a few local activists who video-record their town meetings.


Lyndhurst’s attempt to regulate video criticized by experts
by Jaimie Julia Winters
July 20, 2017
Lyndhurst’s proposed video-recording ordinance (Ordinance No. 2967-17, introduced on July 20, 2017) goes too far, say NJFOG and ACLU-NJ reps, who are quoted in the article.