Friday, October 10, 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Unpublished trial court OPRA opinion.

"Unpublished opinions" are not published in the law books and are not ordinarily written about in legal periodicals.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 I think that it's important that court opinions, even if they are not precedential, are easily accessible for future use.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. Ocean County Prosecutor's Office
Ocean County, Docket No. OCN-L-1645-14
Hon. Vincent J. Grasso, A.J.S.C.
October 2, 2014
Click here for the court's decision.

Summary: Access sought to police dash camera video of an incident involving a police offer and a citizen.  Court held that the Police Department's general order requiring the video to be recorded had the force of law, thus taking the recording out of the scope of OPRA's criminal investigatory record exception.

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