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This section is intended to provide the public with an overview of the New Jersey Open Public Records Act. It is intended not to serve as a legal reference, but to familiarize those who want access to public records of their rights and of the responsibilities of public agencies that hold records. Additional information can be obtained from the Government Records Council.

Why is there an Open Public Records Act?

What are government records?

What records are accessible to the public?

Why are some records exempt from disclosure?

What are some records that cannot be disclosed?

What entities doesn't OPRA cover?

Whom do I contact to obtain records from public agencies?

What do I need to do to request records?

Is there a form I have to use?

Do I have to pay for copies in advance of receiving them?

How soon can I get the records I requested?

What happens if my request is denied?

What are reasons for denials?

Can I ask for a record in a specific format?

Can I get immediate access to certain records?

How is personal information protected?

Does redaction apply to viewing or inspecting records?

What is the cost of paper copies of records?

What is the Government Records Council?

What can the GRC do for me if access to records is denied?

What is mediation?

How will the GRC conduct the investigation?

How can I get more information about the law?