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This Practice Note collates and summarises notable archived decisions and case law rulings relating to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FIA 2000).
For the latest case law developments see: Freedom of information case tracker.
The tables under each heading below highlight key decisions of the following:
Court of Appeal
Upper Tribunal (UT)
First Tier Tribunal (Information Rights) (FTT)
Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)
For ease of reference, the tracker is divided into sections by reference to the key provisions and matters addressed under the FIA 2000, including:
information held by a public authority
requirements for a valid freedom of information request
fees and cost of compliance
time frame for compliance
means of communicating information
vexatious and repeated requests
information accessible to applicant by other means
information intended for future publication
investigations and proceedings
formulation of government policy
effective conduct of public affairs
communications with the Royal family and Honours
health and safety
legal professional privilege
trade secrets and commercial prejudice
specific prohibitions on disclosure
plus further miscellaneous and pervasive issues such as the duty to provide advice and assistance under FIA 2000, s 16.
Within each section, the cases are arranged in the first place by reference to the decision making body (in
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