Requestor Information
City
Open Public Records Act Request
Phone #
Email *
76 South Orange Avenue, Suite 302,
South Orange, NJ 07079
(973) 378-7715
www.southorange.gov
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Business Name (if applicable)
Address
Please note that requestors using this online form to submit an OPRA request to the Township of South Orange Village will not be able to do so anonymously. This form is designed to allow a quicker response to your OPRA requests.

If you wish to submit an OPRA request anonymously, Click Here for the PDF printable form.

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Last Name *
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A public record under the common law is one required to be kept, or necessary to be kept in discharge of a duty imposed by law, or directed by law to serve as a memorial and evidence of something written, said, or done, or a writing filed in a public office. The elements essential to constitute a public record are that it be a written memorial, that it be made by a public officer, and that the officer be authorized by law to make it.

If the information requested is a "public record" under common law and the requestor has a legally recognized interest in the subject matter contained in the material, then the material must be disclosed if the individual's right of access outweighs the State's interest in preventing disclosure.

Please set forth your interest in the subject matter contained in the requested material
Delivery Information
When describing your request, be as specific as possible. Requests for "any" and "all" are generally considered too broad and may be returned for clarification.

Timeframe for response is seven (7) business days after custodian's receipt of request. Day one (1) is the day following the custodian's receipt of your request

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been convicted of any indictable offense under the laws of New Jersey, any
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If you are requesting records containing personal information, please certify the statement below. *
Are you also requesting the information under the common law? *
How would you like to receive the information requested? *
Describe the Request *
Request
other state, or the United States.
Certification
Note that your preferred method of delivery will only be accommodated if:
  1. The custodian has the technological means
  2. The integrity of the records will not be jeopardized by such method of delivery.
Under penalty of N.J.S.A. 2C:28-3, I certify that I
Note that any challenge to a denial of a request for records under the common law cannot be made to the Government Records Council, as the Government Records Council only has jurisdiction to adjudicate challenges to denials of OPRA requests.

Requesting Access to Government Records Under the New Jersey Open Public Records Act (N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1 et seq)

  1. All government records are subject to public access under the Open Public Records Act (“OPRA”), unless specifically exempt.
  2. A request for access to a government record under OPRA must be in writing, hand-delivered, mailed, transmitted electronically, or otherwise conveyed to the appropriate custodian. N.J.S.A. 47:1A-5.g. The seven (7) business day response time does not commence until the records custodian receives the request form. If you submit the request form to any other officer or employee of the Township of South Orange Village, that officer or employee must either forward the request to the appropriate custodian, or direct you to the appropriate custodian. N.J.S.A. 47:1A-5.h.
  3. Requestors may submit requests anonymously. If you elect not to provide a name, address, or telephone number, or other means of contact, the custodian is not required to respond until you reappear before the custodian seeking a response to the original request.
  4. The fees for duplication of a government record are located below. We will notify you of any special service charges or other additional charges authorized by the State law or regulation before processing your request. Payment shall be made by cash, check or money order payable to the Township of South Orange Village.
  5. You may be charged a 50% or other deposit when a request for copies exceeds $50.00. The Township of South Orange Village custodian will contact you and advise you of any deposit requirements. Anonymous requests, when permitted, require a deposit of 100% of estimated fees. You agree to pay the balance due upon delivery of the records.
  6. Under OPRA, a custodian must deny access to a person who has been convicted of an indictable offense in New Jersey, any other state, or the United States, and who is seeking governmental records containing personal information pertaining to the person's victim or the victim's family. This includes anonymous requests for said information.
  7. By law, the Township of South Orange Village must notify you that it grants or denies a report for access to government records within seven (7) business days after the agency custodian of records receives the request. If the record requested is not currently available or is in storage, the custodian will advise you within seven (7) business days after receipt of the request when the record can be made available and the estimated cost for reproduction.
  8. You may be denied access to a government record if you request would substantially disrupt agency operations and the custodian is unable to reach a reasonable solution with you.
  9. If the Township of South Orange Village is unable to comply with your request for access to the government record, the custodian will indicate the reasons for denial on the request form and send you a signed and dated copy or other written correspondence.
  10. Except as otherwise provided by law or by agreement with the requestor, if the agency custodian of records fails to respond to you within seven (7) business days of receiving a request, the failure to respond is a deemed denial of your request.
  11. If your request for access to a government record has been denied or unfilled within the seven (7) business days required by law, you have a right to challenge the decision by the Township of South Orange Village to deny access. At your option, you may either institute a proceeding in the Superior Court of New Jersey or file a complaint with the Government Records Council (GRC) by completing the Denial of Access Complaint Form. You may contact the GRC by toll-free telephone at 866-850-0511, by mail at P.O. Box 819, Trenton, NJ, 08625, by email at grc@dca.state.nj.us, or at their web site at www.state.nj.us/grc. The GRC can also answer other questions about the law. All questions regarding complaints filed in Superior Court should be directed to the Court Clerk in Essex County.
  12. Information provided on this form may be subject to disclosure under the Open Public Records Act.
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Deposit Information
The custodian may require a deposit against costs for reproducing documents sought through an anonymous request whenever the custodian anticipates that the documents requested will cost in excess of $50.00 to reproduce.

Where a special service charge is warranted under OPRA, that amount will be communicated to you as required under the statute. You have the opportunity to review and object to the charge prior to it being incurred. If, however, you approve of the fact and amount of the special service charge, you may be required to pay a deposit or pay in full prior to the reproduction of the documents.

Fee Information
We will notify you of any special charges or other additional charges authorized by the State law or regulation before processing your request. Payment shall be made by cash, check, or money order payable to the Borough of Middlesex.

Letter Size Pages (8.5'' x 11'')@ $0.05 per page
Legal Size Pages (8.5'' x 14'')@ $0.07 per page
Delivery:Standard mailing costs are $0.25 for each envelope plus postage
Extras:Special service charge dependent upon request.