Government Transparency

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Legal Cases

  • Rivera v. Fort Lee
    Are police department standard operating procedures available under OPRA and the common law right of access to public information?
  • 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.
  • 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
    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

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