True democracy demands government transparency. The ACLU-NJ strengthens the public’s right to hold officials accountable.
- October 16, 2018 Ed Barocas, an NJ Legal Giant, Retires as ACLU-NJ Legal Director
- October 11, 2018 Statement Regarding the Detention of Immigrants at Hudson County Correctional Facility
- August 27, 2018 Religious Leaders Sue to Void Hudson County’s Non-Transparent ICE Vote
- October 19, 2017 ACLU-NJ Scorecard Shows Mixed Civil Liberties Records
- July 11, 2017 Transparency Victory: NJ Supreme Court Largely Sides with Police Accountability
- February 24, 2017 Judge Orders Middlesex County to Release Civil Forfeiture Records
- February 2, 2017 ACLU-NJ Files FOIA on Trump Immigration Ban
- November 9, 2016 Pivotal Police Accountability Case Argued at NJ Supreme Court
- August 25, 2016 Police Reform Blueprint Lays Out Platform for Accountability Statewide
- August 3, 2016 Wyckoff Police Chief Violated Ban on Biased Policing, Investigation Finds
- Ganzweig v. Ocean Co. Prosecutor’s Office
Amicus brief in support of a person who requested a police dashcam recording under the Open Public Records Act.
- Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights v. Atlantic City Board of Education
Challenge to the Board of Ed.'s refusal to comply with OPRA requests from out of state requestors.
- Kean Federation of Teachers v. Morell, et al.
Amicus brief in challenge to Kean University Board of Trustees violation of the Open Public Meetings Act ("OPMA") by not promptly releasing their closed session meeting minutes, as required by law, and by failing to give advance notice to university faculty that would be impacted by the closed session meeting.
- Paff v. OCPO
The ACLU-NJ filed an amicus brief in support of a public records requester seeking access to police dashboard camera footage.
- ACLU-NJ v. DOH
The ACLU-NJ requested public records from the NJ Department of Health after the state issued a troubling quarantine policy.
- Bornstein v. County of Monmouth
County jail requests to seal court record of video footage of the last hours of an inmate’s life.
- Scheeler v. Office of the Governor
Governor’s Office denied OPRA request for all OPRA records concerning bridegate on the grounds that OPRA records are exempt from disclosure under OPRA.
- New Jersey Citizens United v. Federal Housing Finance Agency
FOIA request for information needed for advocacy was denied
- Education Law Center v. Schools Development Authority
Public records request for factual information denied on the grounds that it was deliberative material.
- Secondary Parents Council v. Newark Public Schools
Newark Public Schools refused to disclose documents that had been previously disclosed to another organization.
- The Sunshine Law (Open Public Meetings Act) (382k PDF)
- Open Public Records Act (369k PDF)
- ACLU-NJ Open Governance Project Brochure (1.5mb PDF)
- Report Released on Failures of Open Government Meetings in N.J. (2007)
- How to use the Federal FOI Act: http://www.rcfp.org/foiact/index.html