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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FS50140182
  • Date: 25 February 2010
  • Public Authority: Ministry of Justice
  • Summary: The complainant made a series of 167 requests to the Ministry of Justice for information relating to various issues regarding the Employment Appeals Tribunal. The public authority refused the requests under section 12(1) on the grounds that the cost of complying would exceed the appropriate limit of £600 for central government departments. During the course of the Commissioner’s investigation the public authority informed the Commissioner that it also considered that the requests were vexatious within the meaning of section 14(1) of the Act. The Commissioner has investigated the complaint and has found that section 14(1) applies and that the public authority was not obliged to respond to the complainant’s requests. However, the Commissioner also found that by failing to inform the complainant that it was relying on section 14(1) within 20 working days of receiving the requests, it breached section 17(5) of the Act.
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