Open Public Records
Parker McCay stands in the forefront on public access issues, especially the spectrum of issues related to the New Jersey Open Public Records Act ("OPRA"), the common law right of access and the federal Freedom of Information Act. Our municipal attorneys quickly resolve difficult questions facing municipal clerks, school business administrators, police records clerks, and other government records custodians.
George M. Morris, Esquire has years of practical first-hand knowledge assisting clients by answering questions about public records requests and redactions, as well as records retention guidelines, and document preservation and destruction decisions. This expertise is particularly critical because OPRA contains generous fee-shifting provisions which frequently result in substantial fees awarded against the public agency whose custodian denied the request.
Our team of experts specializes in cases of first impression regarding the right to redact, student records, body cameras and multi-media electronic communications balanced against the rights of privacy of personal information that may be contained within public records. Indeed, our attorneys have argued numerous cases before the Government Records Council, the trial courts, the Appellate Division, and the New Jersey Supreme Court in just the last few years.
- Introduction to OPRA from the Government PerspectiveFebruary 1, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.Advance Learning
- George Morris to Present at Techspo 2019January 31, 2019 | 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.New Jersey Association of School Administrators
- The Importance of Working with Your Client: Access to Public Records (OPRA) and Local Government EthicsJohn C. Gillespie to present at NJLM Orientation for Municipal Officials Who Are Newly Elected, Reelected, or ExperiencedJanuary 12, 2019New Jersey State League of Municipalities
- Municipal and Government Attorney, George Morris, to present this "Lunch n Learn" EventFebruary 6, 2018 | 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.Burlington County Bar Association
- Understanding OPRA and OPMAGeorge Morris Lectures on the Open Public Meetings and Open Public Records ActsDecember 11, 2015New Jersey State Bar Association
- Parker McCay Blog, July 1, 2019
- Parker McCay Blog, June 18, 2019
- Parker McCay Blog, June 7, 2018
- OPRA’s Privacy Clause: A Citizen’s Reasonable Expectation of Privacy Viewed Objectively by a Records CustodianParker McCay Blog, May 24, 2018
- Parker McCay Blog, February 21, 2018
- Parker McCay Blog, November 30, 2016
- Parker McCay Blog, August 20, 2015