Open Public Records and Freedom of Information Acts

The United States was founded with the hope of an open government and informed citizenry that is the lifeblood of any Democracy.  However, the Constitution was not enough to fulfill that promise.

The New Jersey Open Public Records Act (OPRA) and the Federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) are powerful mandates that grant the public a right to know what their government is doing and ensure the transparency promised by our government is upheld.  These laws create a presumed right of access to governmental records, but sometimes that right must be asserted more vigorously. Whether a public entity fails to understand its obligations, or seeks to withhold documents improperly, the assistance of an attorney may be necessary. Many public entities do not even realize that the failure to timely respond to requests or the charging of inappropriate fees can also violate the law.

Whether you are an activist or non-profit organization, journalist or citizen seeking to assert your civil rights, or even a commercial entity who seeks to obtain documents which the company has the right to obtain; the attorneys at Furst & Lurie understand these laws and can assist you in obtaining documents from public entities and to ensure compliance with the laws.

If you have requested documents from a public entity and are having trouble dealing with the entity, feel free to contact us to see if we can help you.