Supreme Court Will Review Firemen’s Association OPRA Case

The Supreme Court announced on Friday that it had granted review in In re New Jersey State Fireman’s Ass’n Obligation to Provide Relief Application, 443 N.J. Super. 238 (App. Div. 2015).  The Appellate Division’s decision is discussed here.  The case is also known as New Jersey Fireman’s Ass’n v. Doe.  The question presented, as phrased by the Supreme Court Clerk’s Office, is “Can a government records custodian bring an action pursuant to the Declaratory Judgment Act, N.J.S.A. 2A:16-50 to -62, to secure a declaratory judgment that it properly denied access to a record under the Open Public Records Act, N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1 to -13, and the common law right of access; and, did this requestor have a right to access records pertaining to financial relief payments made by the Association?”