Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Fourth judge asked to weigh in on non-residents' OPRA rights.

Three trial level judges have ruled on the question of whether non-residents have an enforceable right to file Open Public Records Act (OPRA) requests with New Jersey governmental agencies.  So far, Burlington County Assignment Judge Ronald E. Bookbinder and Ocean County Judge  Mark A. Troncone have ruled that they do and Atlantic/Cape May County Judge Nelson C. Johnson has ruled that they do not.  And, at least one of those cases is under appeal

In a June 24, 2016 lawsuit, Peter M. Heimlich, represented by CJ Griffin of Hackensack, as asked Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland County Assignment Judge Georgia M. Curio to rule on the same issue.  The case, Heimlich v. Educational Information & Resource Center, et al, Docket No. GLO-L-779-16 is currently pending a hearing for which no date has yet been set.

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