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New Jersey Open Public Record Act Form

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New Jersey

Open Public Records Act (OPRA) Form

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Overview:

The Open Public Records Act ("OPRA") provides that government records must be made readily accessible for inspection, copying, or examination by records requestors, with certain exceptions. OPRA includes twenty-five (25) specific exemptions from disclosure within its many provisions. OPRA requests must be in writing and for specific documents.

Name of State Act:

State of New Jersey's Open Public Records Act (N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1 et seq.

  • Exemptions:

    Citizen's personal information, non-existent records, medical examiner records, legislative records, criminal investigations, crime-victim records, security, court orders

  • Response Time:

    7 Business Days

  • Restrictions

    None

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New Jersey Open Public Record Act Form

We have curated some of the most commonly asked questions for you.

What is the Open Public Records Act (OPRA)?

OPRA is a New Jersey statute that governs the public's access to government records in New Jersey.  The law is compiled in the statutes as N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1 et seq.

Specifically, OPRA is intended to: 

  • Expand the public's right of access to government records;
  • Create an administrative appeals process if access is denied; and
  • Define what records are and are not "government records."

When is OPRA Used?

OPRA is used when the requestor wants to gain access to government records and wants to invoke the OPRA statute, which provides a statutory right of access to government records and holds a records custodian to a response deadline.

What does this mean?  The requestor must choose to submit an OPRA request.  Custodians do not decide when requestor must use OPRA and cannot force requestors to submit an OPRA request. 

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