Wednesday, March 4, 2009

March 26th: Open Public Records Act Seminar

The New Jersey Press Association, The Record and the Herald News are sponsoring a one-day seminar on New Jersey's Open Public Records Act.

The seminar will be held Thursday, March 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bergen Community College's Ciccone Theater, 400 Paramus Road, Paramus. Cost is $10 per person, which includes a buffet lunch.

The seminar is for anyone interested in government records, including editors and reporters, elected and appointed officials, municipal clerks, attorneys and citizen activists. The seminar may be approved for continuing education credit for municipal clerks.

Access to government records can be as difficult as walking a high wire across the Grand Canyon. The public's right to know must be balanced against the government's obligation to keep certain records confidential.

The state's Open Public Records Act (OPRA) has made releasing records easier than it once was, but the law can be confusing. This seminar will be a productive five hours for everyone interested in government records.

Topics will include a comprehensive overview of everything you need to know about government records, how to get them, what can't be released, what to do if you are refused them, and a discussion about how OPRA can be improved. Four discussion panels will allow ample time for questions and answers.

For more information and a registration form, click here.

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