Thursday, April 30, 2015

OPRA case sealed by court.

On April 15, 2015, I visited the Superior Court's Civil Division at the Middlesex County Courthouse in New Brunswick.  As is my practice, I reviewed a listing of recently filed cases and came across an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) lawsuit bearing Docket No. MID-L-1217-15.  My written notes indicate that the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office was the plaintiff in the suit, which is unusual because government agencies typically are OPRA defendants, not plaintiffs.  Intrigued, I asked for a copy of the case file but was told that it was not immediately available because it was in Assignment Judge Travis Francis' office.

When I checked the court's on-line case searching system, a page appeared (click here) advising that the case is "sealed."  I have never seen an OPRA case file sealed. (For those who didn't know that you could search Superior Court cases on-line, an explanation is provided here.)

I have submitted an OPRA request to the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office for all contents of the sealed case's file.  I will post the results when available.

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