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COVID-19 and OPRA Request Response Time

The County of Morris will make any effort possible to respond in a timely manner during this crisis.

On March 20, 2020, Governor Murphy took action modifying the deadline by which public agency is required to respond to requests for government records during a period of emergency. 

Please see NJ Bill A-3849/S-2302. Page 5, line 30 reads:

During a period declared pursuant to the laws of this State as a state of emergency, public health emergency, or state of local disaster emergency, the deadlines by which to respond to a request for, or grant or deny access to, a government record under paragraph (1) of this subsection or subsection e. of this section shall not apply, provided, however, that the custodian of a government record shall make a reasonable effort, as the circumstances permit, to respond to a request for access to a government record within seven business days or as soon as possible thereafter.

NOTICE:

Budgets, audits, contracts, and other financial information are available online. Please look at our Transparency page before submitting your OPRA request.

What is OPRA?

OPRA is a New Jersey statute that governs the public’s access to government records in New Jersey.

The Open Public Records Act (OPRA) was enacted in order to:

  • Expand the public’s right of access to government records;
  • Create an administrative appeals process if access is denied; and
  • Define what records are and are not “government records”.
    • Generally stated, a “government record” means any record that has been made, maintained, or kept on file in the course of official business, or that has been received in the course of official business.
  • Note: not all government records are subject to OPRA. Some government records that are subject to OPRA may be redacted.

Anyone can make an OPRA Request. Please read A Citizen’s Guide to the Open Public Records Act before submitting your request.

How do I make a request?

Morris County Government Records

To make a request from the Morris County Government, submit your request via our online portal.

Other County-Affiliated Agencies

Several County-affiliated commissions and constitutional officers have their own request forms, as listed below:

The Surrogate Court is not subject to OPRA. Please direct your request to the Surrogate Court.

Note: In New Jersey, the courts are NOT part of county government. The courts are controlled by the State of New Jersey under their own public information statutes. Contact the Morris/Sussex Vicinage.