Definition of Public Record
Public records includes any paper, written or printed book, document, drawing, map, plan, photograph, microfilm, data processed or image processed document, information stored or maintained electronically or by sound-recording or in a similar device, or any copy thereof, that has been made, maintained or kept on file. 1
Exemptions to Public Records
Any documents prepared by or for a member of the State Legislature, and the Office of the Governor in certain cases where they deem the information requested to be confidential. 2
Who Can Make The Request?
Anyone but convicted criminals seeking information on victims may request public documents from the state. 3
7 days. 4
Information on Fees
Electronic copies should be provided without a fee, however a fee can be charged for the transmission medium the electronic copy is sent by (CDs, DVDs, etc.). For paper copies: * first page to tenth page, $0.75 per page; * eleventh page to twentieth page, $0.50 per page; * all pages over twenty, $0.25 per page. 5
A person who is denied access to a government record, at the option of the requestor, may institute a proceeding to challenge the custodian’s decision by filing an action in Superior Court or file a complaint with the Government Records Council established pursuant to OPRA. (See N.J.S.A. 47:1A-6) 6
Yes, you can win attorney’s fees.