The Citizen's Guide to the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) has been prepared by the Government Records Council to help the public understand the requirements of the State of New Jersey's Open Public Records Act (N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1 et seq.).  This guide is intended to familiarize those who want access to public records of their rights and of the responsibilities of public agencies that hold records, but is not to serve as a legal reference.


Citizen's Guide to OPRA (Fourth Edition - Updated November 2022)


***New To The Fourth Edition***

  • Included new exemptions added to N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1.1 (records related to criminal cannabis record; inclusion of NGB-22 as an exempt record, and Daniel's Law exemptions)(pgs. 8, 9, 10)
  • Added Denial of Access Complaint statute of limitation information (pg. 25-26)
  • Added information on anonymous complaint filings (pg. 28)
  • Added additional Denial of Access Complaint process information resulting from the promulgation of new GRC regulations (pgs. 30-31)


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