Earlier this week, the NJ Supreme Court released its decision in Paff v. Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office. This case deals with whether or not police dash camera footage is required to be disclosed under an OPRA request. In a 4-3 decision the Court ruled that despite a municipal police chief’s general order to use dash cameras, this order did not carry the force of law and therefore was not a public record subject to disclosure under OPRA.
The Court remanded this case to the trial court to determine whether the same footage should be made available under the common law. In addition, the Court also addresses other issues pertaining to OPRA exemptions. To read a full analysis of the case, please see the League recent blog post.
You should review this ruling with your municipal attorney for more information on how it may impact your municipality.
Contact: Frank Marshall, Esq., League Staff Attorney, FMarshall@njslom.org, 609-695-3481 x137.