Media companies begin appeal of N.J. public records ruling

UPDATE (9/10/2016):  See bottom of post. — The pivotal question of whether or not a public agency can respond to a request for records by neither confirming nor denying that they exist is before the NJ Appellate Division. -NJFOG Nov. Continue Reading →

New Jersey celebrates its ratification of the Bill of Rights

November 20, 2015 marks the 226th anniversary of New Jersey’s ratification of the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution.   NJ was the first state to ratify. Citizen activists and journalists rely on the freedoms and Continue Reading →

Open-government activist pursues investigation of Cape May County sheriff

“The courts have held that once an investigation is closed, the government’s interest in confidentiality is less,” said Paff, who believes that the public has a right to know what an investigation is about, even if no charges are eventually Continue Reading →

Camden County Judge allows release of racist texts

Courier-Post By Jim Walsh Nov. 17, 2015 (full article here) CAMDEN – Corrections officers who smuggled cellphones into Camden County Jail had no right to privacy once the phones were discovered by investigators, a state judge said Monday. Superior Court Continue Reading →

Webinar: A Review of the Open Public Records Act, Dec. 10, 2015, 11:00 AM – noon

The New Jersey League of Municipalities in cooperation with the New Jersey Government Records Council is holding a webinar titled “A Review of the Open Public Records Act” Webinar on December 10, 2015 from 11:00a.m.-12:00p.m.  This webinar will assist the Continue Reading →

Court orders release of pension fraud probe docs tied to Guadagno

Rare common law right of access case where portions of two documents regarding a pension fraud investigation may have to be disclosed. -NJFOG    By S.P. Sullivan NJ Advance Media for November 12, 2015 (updated November 13, 2015) (Article here Continue Reading →