In 2007, the New Jersey Supreme Court affirmed the rights of citizens and the press to video record public meetings, with the exception that governing bodies may adopt “reasonable rules” to prevent disruptions. Videotaping public meetings aids the press and local citizens in staying accurately informed about their local politics, which is an important component to a healthy democracy. The governing body, however, has a legitimate interest in running an efficient meeting with limited disruption in order to offer the best service possible to the community. Our model ordinance for municipal adoption and model resolution for school board adoption guarantees a citizen’s right to video record a public meeting while providing “reasonable guidelines” to prevent disruptions.

Download the Model Ordinance for municipal adoption

Download the Model Resolution for school board adoption

Helpful information:

NJ Supreme Court Decision Tarus v. Borough of Pine Hill

Companion School Board resolution for videotaping meetings