Criminal Trials Exempt From NJ Open Records Law

Law360, New York (August 8, 2013, 9:10 PM EDT) -- A New Jersey Superior Court judge ruled not to avail investigatory records from a racially charged criminal prosecution, saying such records are not available under open records laws, despite their inclusion in retention procedures intended for public documents, according to an opinion released this week.

In an unpublished written opinion, Superior Court Judge Vincent J. Grasso sided with the Ocean County, N.J., Prosecutor’s Office, which refused access to criminal investigatory records to an interested citizen who requested them under the state’s Open Public Records Act because...
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