Request for Public Records

Why is there an Open Public Records Act?

The law is intended to:
  • Expand the public’s right of access to government records;
  • Set up an administrative appeals process if access is denied;
  • Define what records are and are not “government records” and determine whether they should be accessible to the public.

The policy behind the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) is that government records, with certain exceptions, should be readily accessible to the public for inspection, examination, and copying. While limitations on the public’s right of access should be decided in the public’s favor, a public agency is required to keep a citizen’s personal information from public access when that access would violate the citizen’s reasonable expectation of privacy.

OPRA Fee Schedule

REQUEST FOR PUBLIC RECORDS

NJ Government Records Council Website

Please contact Edward McManus with any questions (908) 236-7235 x 9515 or emcmanus@ctsdnj.org