Saturday, May 24, 2014

Unpublished trial court OPRA opinion.

"Unpublished opinions" are not published in the law books and are not ordinarily written about in legal periodicals.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 I think that it's important that court opinions, even if they are not precedential, are easily accessible for future use.

John Paff v. Township of Little Egg Harbor
Ocean County, Docket No. OCN-L-949-14
Hon. Vincent J. Grasso, A.J.S.C.
May 21, 2014
Click here for the court's decision.
Click here for Plaintiff's complaint and opening brief

Summary: Township violated OPRA by denying access to audio recordings of police radio tramsmissions. Even though the audio recordings were relevant to a subsequent police internal affairs investigation, the IA investigation does not retroactively exempt the recordings from OPRA's disclosure requirement.

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