Should elected officials be allowed to phone in to public meetings?

Allowing the members of a public body to attend its public meetings by phone is a practice increasingly mired in controversy. Should it be legal in other than emergency or special circumstances? Certainly, members of the public can’t do it Continue Reading →

ELEC has oversight authority, rules Appellate Court

An Appellate Court has ruled that the lack of appointees to the Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) doesn’t limit the agency’s statutory authority to enforce the state’s campaign finance laws. In a published decision, the 3-judge Appellate Division panel overturned Continue Reading →

Two courts rule for release of informal or draft settlement documents. Two more cases pending.

A 9/14/2016 decision by an Essex County Superior Court judge favored a records requestor seeking a settlement confirmation letter pertaining to a lawsuit against Caldwell Borough. The court ruled that the letter was disclosable under OPRA even though the settlement Continue Reading →

Bloomfield officers convicted in ‘dashcam’ case

“Jeter’s lawyer sought the second dash camera video through an Open Public Records Act request… Based on the newly discovered video, the prosecutor’s office dismissed the charges against Jeter and opened an investigation into the officers that resulted in an Continue Reading →

CASE SUMMARY: Patricia Gilleran v. Township of Bloomfield

Case Name: Patricia Gilleran v. Township of Bloomfield Docket Numbers: NJ Supreme Court 076114, Appellate Court A-15-15, Trial Court ESX-L-3459-14 County / Vicinage: Essex Filing Date: May 14, 2014 Judge: Justice LaVecchia authored the NJ Supreme Court’s 4 to 2 majority Continue Reading →