Oceanport police punt records destruction investigation to school lawyer

Prosecutor’s office declines to pursue charges against a records custodian, despite a certified statement by a subsequent custodian that the prior custodian destroyed public records without authorization. -NJFOG Nov. 25, 2015 by John Paff NJ Open Government Notes (John’s blog Continue Reading →

Middlesex Court to decide who can access Promis/Gavel reports

UPDATE (9/28/2015) – The decision was for the defendant in this case, unfortunately.  Public access to up-to-date court records remains an area that needs improvement.  — The Promis/Gavel System is the state’s criminal case database.  There is limited information available online Continue Reading →

Advocate says he may sue city for records related to chief municipal prosecutor search

“Nothing in the executive order prevents the city from disclosing the names and addresses of the unsuccessful candidates because the search is now over and the position is filled,” said Paff. “Trenton’s Law Department just flatly denied my request without Continue Reading →

Middlesex County Court rules only a records requestor can sue under OPRA

This case is one of at least five such lawsuits initiated by public agencies that are currently being litigated.  The five cases are summarized in this post. UPDATE (12/18/2015):  For NJ Appellate Court ruling, see http://njfog.org/2015/12/18/2707/. —– This May, NJFOG shared Continue Reading →

Bergen Prosecutor’s OPRA request procedure leads to complaint, then improvement

In line with our mission to improve accessibility to public records, NJFOG, working through one of its officers, has made it easier for members of the public to request records from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.   – NJFOG Many public Continue Reading →