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New Jersey Court Upholds Deadline for Filing Public Records Suit

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New Jersey’s Supreme Court held citizens to the 45-day window in state law for filing suit if turned down by a state or local agency on a request for public records. The court, noting that government agencies have only seven days to respond to a records request, said agencies are as entitled to citizens to have disputes resolved in a timely manner. The court also said agencies that do turn over records after being sued must pay all legal fees of the plaintiff. (7/23/08)