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In the Matter of the New Jersey State Fireman’s Association Obligation to Provide Relief Applications Under the Open Public Records Act (A-68-15

 In the Matter of the New Jersey State Fireman’s 
Association Obligation to Provide Relief Applications 
Under the Open Public Records Act (A-68-15; 077097) 

OPRA does not, in all instances, prohibit a public entity from instituting proceedings under the Declaratory Judgment Act to determine whether records are subject to disclosure. After carefully balancing the public’s interest in accessing information against the private interest in confidentiality, the Court finds that the relief checks to Doe are exempt from disclosure under OPRA and the common law right of access.