The New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals must comply with the Open Public Records Act despite its status as a private, nonprofit group, a state appeals court ruled Friday in a published decision. The appeals court upheld a trial judge’s ruling that the NJSPCA must comply with a request for records […]
TRENTON, N.J. — A state appeals court ruled Wednesday that government agencies in New Jersey may deny access to public records by saying they can “neither confirm nor deny” their existence.
A bill before the New Jersey Legislature would cut public access to police video and audio recordings in New Jersey, making them accessible only by law enforcement or through a court order.
The measure (S788) would create an exemption to New Jersey's Open Public Records Act for "law enforcement camera recordings" as well as 911 calls and transcripts. Its introduction comes as police departments across the state are implementing body camera programs amid a national climate of scrutiny of law enforcement practices spurred by high-profile police shootings.