In another action brought by John Paff, a “self-proclaimed open government activist” who has pursued litigation to secure government documents pursuant to the Open Public Record Acts (“OPRA”) in several instances, a Superior Court judge held that Paff was entitled to the documents he sought as well as attorneys’ fees associated with the action.
By way of the action, captioned Paff v. Bergen County, 2014 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 2455 (Law Div. Oct. 16, 2014), Paff sought un-redacted versions of internal affairs reports maintained by the Bergen County Sherriff’s Office (“BCSO”) concerning complaints against the corrections officers at the Bergen County Jail.
BSCO produced the reports in response to an OPRA request filed by Paff. However, the copies of the reports the BCSO provided to Paff were redacted to withhold the names of the complainants and the employees against whom the complaints were made. Paff, contending that these redactions were improper, sought relief from the Superior Court as provided for by OPRA. Continue>>>