Requester’s Reply to Records Custodian Is Right On Target

When it comes to OPRA requests, local governments around the state are surprisingly similar. We all encounter the same roadblocks and delay tactics. As a result, we can utilize the same defenses. With that in mind, we wish to share Continue Reading →

The Common Law Right of Access to Public Records and the Cost of the Fight

It’s pretty big news when a judge grants a $45,000 fee award in a successful lawsuit seeking public records under the common law right of access.  It’s not just the magnitude of the figure, but that the requester-plaintiff — the little Continue Reading →

Summit Housing Authority sued for public meeting and records violations

UPDATE (8/22/2015) – See bottom of this post for the list of case documents to date. — Press Release July 9, 2015 For immediate release CONTACT: New Jersey Foundation for Open Government (NJFOG) http://njfog.org/contact/ The Housing Authority used to keep minutes for its non-public Continue Reading →

Fallout of the Appellate Division’s Lyndhurst ruling

NJFOG previously posted an article about the June 11 Appellate Court ruling in North Jersey Media Group, Inc. v. Township of Lyndhurst. The decision, available here, severely restricts access to a wide range of law enforcement records that many trial courts Continue Reading →

Delaware River Port Authority records now a bit more accessible

On March 27, we reported that NJFOG trustee John Paff had researched the process for requesting public records from the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) – which is not subject to OPRA – and found almost comical shortcomings, including requirements Continue Reading →

Delaware River Port Authority thwarts access to records

In September of last year, the Pennsylvania Senate unanimously passed reform legislation that, among other things, would bring the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) under the open public records laws of both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The bill was not Continue Reading →