The Freedom of Information Act 2014 (FOI Act) is a statutory right conferred on all members of the public to access records held by public bodies while balancing the public interest and the right to privacy of individuals.
In keeping in line with the FOI Act, the Courts Services provides information about the organisation and its activities via the Publication Scheme and also provides access to the decisions made on requests for non personal information through our Disclosure Log. If you are considering submitting a request for information, it may be useful to review both the Publication Scheme and the Disclosure Log, as the information you require may already be available on these pages. Information is also available from the Courts Service Annual Report.
Court Records Exemption Notice
Exemption under section 42(a)(i) of the Freedom Of Information Act 2014:
It is important to note that under the Freedom of Information Act the records of the Courts are subject to the restriction provided for under section 42(a)(i). Therefore, records held or created by the office, other than those relating to the general administration of the Office, are not accessible under the FOI Act. This means that records concerning court proceedings are not accessible under the FOI Act.
Outside of the FOI Act, right of access to some court records is ordinarily reserved for parties concerned or their legal representatives.
Should you be seeking access to court records, please contact the relevant court office directly outside of FOI.
A comprehensive list of court offices nationwide can be found here.
Please Contact Us for further information if you have any queries in relation to the above.