Freedom of Information Act 2000: Case law update (October 2006, Alexander Ruck Keene)

Freedom of Information Act 2000: Case law update (October 2006, Alexander Ruck Keene)


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This paper was originally presented at a seminar for the Solicitors in Local Government Group in October 2006.

“It is fair to say that, so far, the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (‘the Act’) and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (‘the EIR’) have not generated the body of case-law that many had expected.   This may indicate that the Act has bedded in with few problems; conversely, it may also indicate that that the Information Commissioner (‘the Commissioner’) has been overloaded, such that that there have been fewer decisions of substance than might have been expected.

The relative dearth of case-law means that there are still significant areas in which clarification as to the operation of the Act has yet to be given.  However, this paper will highlight some of the decisions of substance made by both the Commissioner and the Information Tribunal since the Act came into force…”


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