Open Public Records (OPRA)
Open Public Records Act (OPRA) N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1
All requests for access to government records will be processed in accordance with the Open Public Records Act, N.J.S.A. 47:1A-l et seq. [hereinafter “OPRA”]. All requests for access to, or copies of, government records must be submitted in writing.
The Clerk's Office strongly recommends use of the form entitled “OPRA request” (within the link above) Requestors will be notified in writing that their OPRA request has been received and is being processed by the Clerk's Office.
Some records, as defined by the statute, will be immediately available during normal business hours; however, if any redaction to these records is necessary it may take longer to complete your request. Some records will require additional time to either compile or make the copies requested, but will generally be available during normal business hours within seven (7) business days of the request.
If any government record that has been requested is either exempt from public access or cannot be obtained within the seven (7) business days, you will be provided with a response explaining the reason within the seven (7) business days.
Some records requested have specific fees or other response times established by another statute that specifically governs those records. There will be no fee to simply inspect a document during normal business hours, and any request may also be filed electronically.
The terms “Government Records” or “Public Records” generally include those records determined to be accessible by the public in accordance with OPRA. The term does not include documents exempt as per OPRA or other material specifically exempted by law. The full list of OPRA exemptions is available at this webpage.
If your request for access to a government record has been denied or unfilled within the seven (7) business days required by law, you have a right to challenge the decision to deny access. At your option, you may either institute a proceeding in the Superior Court of New Jersey or file a complaint with the Government Records Council (“GRC”) by completing the Denial of Access Complaint Form. You may contact the GRC by toll-free telephone at 866-850-0511, by mail at PO Box 819, Trenton, NJ, 08625, or at this webpage.