McGee v. East Amwell – The “Advisory, Consultative or Deliberative” Exemption to The New Jersey Open Public Records Act (OPRA)

On November 16, 2010, the Appellate Division, in McGee v. Township of East Amwell, Dkt. No. A-1233-09T2, 2010 N.J. Super., held that emails among township officials and a former supervisor regarding an employee’s termination from employment are subject to the “advisory, consultative or deliberative” exemption to the New Jersey Open Public Records Act. Plaintiff Joan McGee had appealed the Government Records Council’s (GRC) final decision denying her request for reconsideration of the GRC’s decision that the emails were exempt from disclosure.