OPEN PUBLIC RECORDS ACT
N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1 et seq.
OPRA provides overriding public policies in the legislative findings (N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1) to which all records custodians must adhere when handling each OPRA request for access to government records. Those public policies are:
- Government records must be readily accessible for inspection, copying or examination by its citizens, with certain exceptions, for the protection of the public interest.
- Any limitations on the right of access to government records must be interpreted in favor of the public’s right of access.
- A public agency has a responsibility and an obligation to protect a citizen’s personal information that is in the possession of a public agency when disclosure of that information would violate the citizen’s reasonable expectation of privacy.
If you are seeking Atlantic County or State of New Jersey governmental records, the request must be made directly to that agency.
What is a Public Record?