Legal Aid

Need the force of the New Jersey Open Public Records Act, also known as the state’s Right to Know law, to get the records you need? Here are three great resources that can help you along:

  • The NJ News Commons at Montclair State has just launched its OPRA Sherpa service to help working journalists throughout the state to craft their public records requests for maximum effect. Such coaching is critical since OPRA success often depends on how your request is put together. Here’s the  OPRA Sherpa contact form
  • The Student Press Law Center in Arlington, Va. has a very handy, automated, fill-in-the-blanks letter generator for obtaining state and public records. The free service, found here, has been used more than 100,000 times since its inception in 1997.
  •  NJSPJ’s sister organization, The New Jersey Foundation for Open Government (NJFOG) is  geared toward protecting and expanding public access to government records and meetings. You can reach out to the organization here.

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