Category Archives: Criminal Investigatory Records

Unplublished Body Cam Decision

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in North Jersey Media Group v. Lyndhurst, which held that records that relate to a criminal investigation and are not required to be made, maintained or kept on file by law are not public records, OPRA requestors and practitioners have been working to define and limit the […]
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Trial Court Holds that Criminal Investigatory Records Exception Does Not Apply to Body-Worn Camera Recordings

In what we believe to be a matter of first impression, on August 24, 2018, in Lewis v. County of Burlington, Judge Jacobson in Mercer County ruled that OPRA’s criminal investigatory records exception does not apply to body-worn camera recordings. By way of background, OPRA exempts “criminal investigatory records” from public access, but OPRA defines […]
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New OPRA Lawsuit Seeks Copy of Criminal Complaint

On July 20, 2018, on behalf of our client Libertarians for Transparent Government (“LFTG”), a New Jersey non-profit, we filed an OPRA lawsuit against the City of Bridgeton, its Records Custodian, and one of its police officers.  We are seeking a copy of a criminal complaint filed against that police officer.  While the complaint was […]
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