Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Unpublished trial court OPRA opinion.

Unpublished opinions" are not published in the law books and are not ordinarily written about in legal periodicals.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 I think that it's important that court opinions, even if they are not precedential, are easily accessible for future use.

Fran Brooks v. Township of Tabernacle, et al.
Burlington County, Docket No. BUR-L-43-15
Hon. Ronald E. Bookbinder, A.J.S.C.
June 21, 2016
Click here for the court's decision.

Summary:  Requestor entitled under both the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) and the common law right of access to financial information contained in documents submitted to Tabernacle Township by a property owner in support of his application for farmland assessment. Township to pay requestor's attorney fees and costs.

Note: Judge Bookbinder's opinion is labeled as "tentative."  My understanding is that despite this label, the opinion was later accepted as "final" by the court.

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