NJ Assembly Approves Bill For Judge Info Privacy Office

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By Bill Wichert (December 20, 2021, 8:51 PM EST) — The New Jersey Assembly unanimously passed a bill Monday that would establish an office to handle requests to shield judges’ home addresses in certain records, marking the latest state legislative effort to protect jurists after U.S. District Judge Esther Salas’ son was killed in a shooting at their home.

In a 70-0 vote with little discussion, the Assembly passed A.B. 6171 to create the Office of Information Privacy, whose director would be tasked with setting up a “secure portal” to submit requests for “the redaction or nondisclosure” of addresses and deciding on such requests. A state Senate version of the bill…

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