Monday, July 1, 2013

Unpublished trial court OPRA opinion

"Unpublished opinions" are not published in the law books and are not ordinarily written about in legal periodicals. Unless somebody puts them on-line and calls attention to them, they are likely not to be located by people who may want to search for them. I think that it's important that court opinions, even if they are not precedential, are easily accessible for future use.

Betsy Cross v. Township of Wall et al
Monmouth County, Docket No. MON-L-1041-13
Hon. Lawrence M. Lawson, A.J.S.C.
June 21, 2013
Click here for the opinion.

Judge Lawson held that it was improper for the custodian to redact the entire account number from bank statements that were disclosed in response to an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request.  While the court recognized the substantial risk of disclosing the entire bank account number, it agreed with Plaintiff that the last four digits of the account numbers could be disclosed, consistent with R.1:38-7(b), so that a requestor who is looking at several bank statements can differentiate one account from another.


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