Thursday, August 31, 2006

International news

New Zealand - Access to Court Records
The Law Commission's report Access to Court Records contains recommendations for the principles and rules that should govern access to court records.

NZ Lawyer Issue 46 - Opening access to court records
"A new Court Information Act providing open access to court records has been proposed by the Law Commission in its report Access to Court Records, tabled in Parliament on 2 August 2006."

Note - under the UK FOIA, Court Records are listed as an absolute exmeption under S32, see DCA guidance, ICO guidance and casework advice, plus there has been a information tribunal ruling on S32 which held that the ICO's Decision Notice upholding an application of S32 "was not in accordance with law".

USA - Federal Computer week - Agencies must report on FOIA usage
"For this year's annual e-government report, agencies must describe how they distribute information under the Freedom of Information Act, according to the Office of Management and Budget."

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