Public Access to Government Records
Members of the public are hereby advised that the provisions of
the New Jersey Public Records Act, N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1, et. seq.,
allow for public access to government records with several exceptions listed
Members of the public who are requesting copies of records must
Request for Public Records form
[pdf] found on this website and also available at the Reception Desk of the
Prosecutor's Office. The completed form must be sent to:
Custodian of Records
Morris County Prosecutor's Office
900 - Court Street
Morristown, NJ 07963-0900
The statute provides for a right to appeal any denial or
failure to provide access to a government record as follows:
A person who is denied access to a government record by the
custodian of the record, at the option of the requestor, may:
institute a proceeding to challenge the custodian's decision by filing an
action in Superior Court, which shall be heard in the vicinage where it is filed
by a Superior Court Judge who has been designated to hear such cases because of
that judge's knowledge and expertise in matters relating to access to government
in lieu of filing an action in Superior Court, file a complaint with the
Government Records Council established pursuant to section 8 of P.L. 2001,c.404
The right to institute any proceeding under this section shall
be solely that of the requestor. Any such proceeding shall proceed in a summary
or expedited manner. The public agency shall have the burden of proving that the
denial of access is authorized by law. If it is determined that access has been
improperly denied, the court or agency head shall order that access be allowed.
A requestor who prevails in any proceeding shall be entitled to a reasonable
Exceptions to Public Access to Government Records
Privileged or Protected Category Authority
Autopsy Reports, N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1.1, et seq.
Child abuse or sex assault victim name or address,
Court records sealed, Executive Order 69
Computer security information, N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1.1, et seq.
Criminal investigatory records, N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1.1, et seq.
Credit Card Numbers, N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1.1, et seq.
Grand Jury testimony, information,Court Rule 3:6-7
Grievance information with public employer, N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1.1, et seq.
Domestic Violence data, N.J.S.A. 2C:25-33
Drivers' license numbers, N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1.1, et seq.
DYFS information, N.J.S.A. 9:6-8.10
Electronic Surveillance Materials,
Emergency or security information or procedures, N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1.1, et seq.
Employee sexual harassment complaints N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1.1, et seq.
Fingerprint cards, Executive Order 69
Inter-agency or intra agency advisory communications, N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1.1, et
Juvenile records, N.J.S.A. 2A:4A-60
Labor Negotiation information, strategy or positions, N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1.1, et
Medical Examiner Photographs, N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1.1, et seq.
Otherwise inappropriate material, Executive Order 69
Pension and personnel records, N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1.1, et seq.
Photographs, N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1.1, et seq.; Exec. Order 69
Pre Sentence Investigations, State v. DeGeorge, 113 N.J. Super.542 (App.
Public Agency insurance communications, N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1.1, et seq.
Safety of persons or public, N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1.1, et seq.;Exec. Order 69
Security measures and surveillance techniques, N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1.1, et seq.
Social Security Numbers, N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1.1, et seq.
Unlisted Telephone Numbers, N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1.1, et seq.
Victim locations (Domestic Violence),
Victim records, N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1.1, et seq.
Record has been destroyed/not retained pursuant to: Records Retention and
Disposition Schedule (NJ Dept. of State, Div. of Archives Mgmt.)
Important Information for Public Access to Government Records
State Law requires that in order to request access to
government records, you must complete, sign and date this request form and
deliver it in person during regular business hours to the appropriate custodian
of the record requested. Your request is not considered filed until you have
delivered it to the Morris County Prosecutor's Office.
The fees for duplication of a government record in printed
form are listed on the requestor form. We will notify you of any special
charges, special service charges, or other additional charges authorized by
State law or regulation before processing your request. Payment shall be made by
cash, certified check or money order payable to the Morris County Prosecutor's
Requests with estimated fees exceeding $25.00 must be
accompanied by a 50% deposit. You agree to pay the balance upon delivery of the
By State Law, a custodian must deny access to a person who
is convicted of an indictable offense in New Jersey, any other state, or the
United States, who is seeking government records containing personal information
pertaining to the person's victim or the victim's family.
By law, the Morris County Prosecutor's Custodian of Records
must notify you within (7) seven business days from receipt of your request as
to whether it grants or denies your request. If the record requested is not
currently available or is in storage or archived, the custodian will advise you
within (7) seven business days when the record can be made available and the
You may be denied access to a government record if your
request would substantially disrupt agency operations and the custodian is
unable to reach a reasonable solution with you that accommodates your interests
and the interests of the Morris County Prosecutor's Office.
If the Morris County Prosecutor's Office is unable to
comply with your request for access to a government record, the custodian will
indicate the reasons for denial on the request form and send you a signed and
Except as otherwise provided by law or by agreement with the
requestor, if the custodian of the record requested fails to respond to you
within (7) seven business of receiving a written, signed request form, the
failure to respond will be considered a denial of your request.
If your request for access to a government record has been
denied or unfilled within the time permitted by law, you have a right to
challenge the decision by the Morris County Prosecutor's Office to deny access.
At your option, you may either institute a proceeding in the Superior Court of
New Jersey or file a complaint in writing with the Government Records Council (GRC)
located in the Department of Community Affairs.
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