New Jersey

New Jersey police department releases anticlimactic reports

Miranda Fleschert | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | January 8, 2010
January 8, 2010

A New Jersey police department has released the seemingly benign use-of-force reports that were the subject of an open records legal battle that cost the city $80,000 and set a precedent for other law enforcement departments statewide, reported.

New Jersey court says fees for electronic records are reasonable

Miranda Fleschert | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | December 18, 2009
December 18, 2009

A New Jersey court has ruled that municipalities do not have to provide public records to requesters in a computer-readable format if they are not already stored in such a format.

The Courier News, a Gannett newspaper in New Jersey, lost its open records case this week against the Borough of Raritan for free access to borough payroll records from 2008 and 2009 in a searchable digital database format, reported.

Police use-of-force reports are public records in New Jersey

Miranda Fleschert | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | November 10, 2009
November 10, 2009

A New Jersey appeals court on Monday ruled that police use-of-force reports -- generated any time a police offer uses force against a citizen -- are public records and cannot be withheld as criminal investigatory records.

Cameraman files suit against Newark officer for assault

Kirk Davis | Newsgathering | Quicklink | November 4, 2009
November 4, 2009

A television news cameraman in New Jersey has filed a 17-count lawsuit against a police officer and the city of Newark, alleging that he was assaulted while covering demonstration against street violence, The Star-Ledger reported.

Judge blocks New Jersey ban on exit polling

Rory Eastburg | Newsgathering | Quicklink | October 26, 2009
October 26, 2009

A federal judge in New Jersey issued a preliminary injunction Friday blocking that state’s attempt to ban exit polling within 100 feet of polling places, the Associated Press reported.

N.J. high court to decide future of state "fair report" privilege

Cristina Abello | Libel | Quicklink | October 14, 2009
October 14, 2009

The New Jersey Supreme Court heard oral arguments this morning in the appeal of a 2008 libel ruling that considerably narrowed the state’s “fair report” privilege that protects journalists who report on information contained in court filings, Newark's The Star-Ledger reported.

New Jersey to withhold details of fatal child abuse cases

Caitlin Dickson | Privacy | Feature | July 29, 2009
July 29, 2009

In the midst of an extensive overhaul of its child protection agency, New Jersey has announced it will no longer disclose detailed case reports outlining its supervision of children who die from abuse or neglect.

Records council must release complainants' e-mail addresses

Caitlin Dickson | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | July 27, 2009
July 27, 2009

The e-mail addresses of citizens who file complaints with the New Jersey Government Records Council are public records and must be released, a county court judge ruled July 17.

Donald Trump's defamation suit dismissed

Caitlin Dickson | Reporter's Privilege | Quicklink | July 16, 2009
July 16, 2009

A New Jersey judge has dismissed Donald Trump's libel lawsuit against an author who Trump had claimed underrepresented his personal wealth, The New York Times reported. 

Blogger not covered by New Jersey shield law, court says

Caitlin Dickson | Reporter's Privilege | Quicklink | July 6, 2009
July 6, 2009

A New Jersey judge ruled last week that a blogger does not qualify for protection under the state's shield law.