Advanced Freedom of Information - How to Prepare Submissions for OIC
This one-day programme is for Freedom of Information Internal Reviewers and those in FOI bodies charged preparing submissions to the Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC) in cases of FOI external reviews. This course is an advanced programme that has been designed specifically for experienced Internal Reviewers and FOI practitioners in FOI bodies, with particular reference to the Civil Service, Local Authorities and the Health Sector.
It will address at an advanced level :-
- the role of the Internal Reviewer and FOI body in external reviews;
- the key ingredients of external review submissions;
- interaction with the Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC) in the case of external reviews including statutory time limits;
- the essential requirements of submissions to the OIC aimed at justifying the decision of a FOI body to refuse access to records.
The different harm and public interest tests in the exemptions listed below will be examined in detail together with recent Guidelines from the OIC on the exemptions in question. A number of examples of good submissions in external review cases will be discussed. Participants will be invited to share experience from any live or recent FOI external review cases with which they have been involved.
The OIC has agreed to make a short presentation on the day outlining what they require from FOI bodies in relation to FOI decisions and external review submissions.