CASE SUMMARY: NJFOG v. West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional Board of Education et al.

Case Name:  NJFOG v. West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional Board of Education et al. Docket Number:  MER-L-000562-17 County / Vicinage:  Mercer Filing Date:  March 17, 2017 Judge:  Jacobson, Mary C. Status:  Closed, disposed 11/08/2017   Overview: This case is an OPRA/OPMA lawsuit Continue Reading →

Lawrence School Board over-redacted its closed meeting minutes

Records requestors are often given redacted (i.e. black-lined) versions of the minutes from their town council’s or school board’s closed or executive meetings. Sometimes, the redactions are explained only by a vague description such as “on-going litigation” while other times Continue Reading →

Closed session minutes were not typed up, Kearny Clerk admits

Records requestors seeking minutes of non-public (closed or executive) session meetings often encounter roadblocks, from outright denials to delays to complete redactions. And in some cases, minutes are just a few lines long consisting of boiler plate language that offers Continue Reading →

Can meeting minutes be 100% redacted? Appellate Court to weigh in.

UPDATE (3/4/2017): The Appellate Division ruling will be available online after 10 a.m. on Monday, March 6, 2017. See the “unpublished opinions” in the right-hand column on the Judiciary’s web site HERE. — When providing copies of closed (or executive) Continue Reading →

Municipal clerk sues over exclusion from executive sessions

Hapatcong’s Clerk claims that she was excluded from certain executive session meetings at which the council discussed an internal complaint filed by her and other municipal employees. Her complaint states that her exclusion from those meetings “makes it impossible for Continue Reading →

Spotswood School Board meeting minutes don’t make the grade, lawsuit claims

PRESS RELEASE For immediate release September 1, 2016   UPDATE (9/27/16):    The time of the Oct. 13th hearing has been changed to 10:00 AM. This hearing date, hour and location is subject to change. If you plan to attend, Continue Reading →

GRC’s Parave-Fogg decision challenged to bring unapproved minutes under OPRA

The GRC decided in Parave-Fogg v. Lower Alloways Creek Township that public meeting minutes are exempt from OPRA as “inter-agency, intra-agency advisory, consultative, or deliberative material” until they are approved by the public body. This often results in unreasonable delays Continue Reading →