The Act sets out a number of provisions to protect sensitive information where its release might damage the interests of the State or of third parties. You may appeal when a Department or Office uses these provisions to withhold information.
You may also appeal decisions about deferral (postponement), charges, forms of access, refusal to correct a record that contains personal information, refusal to give reasons and so on.
The appeal procedures are as follows:
You may seek an internal review of the first decision if:
» you are unhappy with the first reply received - that is, refusal of the information, form of access, charges, etc.,
» you have not received a reply within 4 weeks of your initial application. This is treated as a refusal of your request and allows you to look for an internal review.
An official at a higher level will carry out this internal review.
There is a fee of €30 for internal review requests. A reduced fee of €10 is payable by medical card holders. You will find more information in the fees section.
Requests for internal review
You should send your written request for internal review to:
Ms. Miriam O'Flanagan
Freedom of Information Officer
The Courts Service
15/24 Phoenix Street North
Phone +353 1 888 6464
You must make a request for internal review within 4 weeks of the first decision.
We will complete the internal review within 3 weeks.
Review by the Commissioner
If you are not satisfied with the internal review decision you may seek an independent review by the Information Commissioner under section 22 of the Freedom of Information Act.
You may also seek a review by the Information Commissioner if you have not received a reply to your internal review request within 3 weeks.
Applications in writing may be made directly to the Information Commissioner at the following address;
Office of the Information Commissioner,
18 Lower Leeson St.,
Phone +353 1 639 5689
Lo-call 1890 253238
Fax +353 1 639 5674 or +353 1 639 5676
Appeal to the High Court
Section 24 of the Act allows for an appeal to the High Court.
For more information on your right of appeal see section 24 of the Freedom of Information Act 2014.