Legal aid bill

Pro Bono Publico made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Ministry of Justice

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

Mae'r ymateb i'r cais hwn yn hwyr iawn. Yn ôl y gyfraith, ym mhob amgylchiad, dylai Ministry of Justice fod wedi ymateb erbyn hyn. (manylion). Gallwch gwyno drwy yn gofyn am adolygiad mewnol.

Dear Ministry of Justice,

I am very concerned that violent criminals are being assisted to avoid deportation by being given legal aid to pursue hopeless court proceedings.

I have just been reading the case of Harverye v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWCA Civ 2848. I note that the appellant was represented by a QC, and that both his solicitors and barristers were criticised for the way in which money had been wasted in preparing the case.

It would appear that the appellant was granted legal aid to pursue his doomed appeal, and I therefore require to know the total cost of legal aid granted to Mr Harvereye in all cases where he has been granted legal aid. Please provide this by ay of a figure for each individual case.

I am submitting this request under a pseudonym to avoid the risk of reprisals from a convicted violent criminal or his associates.

Yours faithfully,

Pro Bono Publico

Disclosure Team, Ministry of Justice

Dear Pro Bono Publico

Please note, under section 8(1) of FOIA, a request for information must comply with three requirements. It must:

(a) be in writing,
(b) state the name of the applicant and an address for correspondence, and
(c) describes the information requested.

After initial consideration, this request appears to comply with requirements (a) and (c) but it does not comply with requirement (b) because you have not provided your full name.
I am therefore not required to process your request without information that can later be referred to, as per Section 8(1)(b) FOIA. The information we require is your name.
As your request has been deemed invalid, I am not obliged to disclose the requested information at this point and I would like to take this opportunity to recommend that any future FOI submissions adhere to Section 8 of the FOIA.
To enable us to meet your request, please resubmit your application in accordance with the above requirements. We will consider your resubmitted request upon receipt as long as it meets the requirements stated above.
You will then receive the information requested within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act, subject to the information not being exempt.
You can find out more about Section 8 by reading the extract from the Act available at the attached link:
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000...
Kind regards,

Disclosure Team

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Dear Ministry of Justice,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Ministry of Justice's handling of my FOI request 'Legal aid bill'.

My request was refused because I had used a pseudonym. I recognise that this was a valid reason for refusal, but I felt compelled to use a pseudonym as the person about whom I was enquiring is a violent criminal, with a conviction for GBH. My real name is sufficiently unusual that he could probably identify me, and I would therefore be scared of reprisals.

In the circumstances I should be obliged if you would permit the use of a pseudonym. Alternatively, I am more than happy to provide my name on receiving your assurance that it would not appear in the published request.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/l...

Yours faithfully,

Pro Bono Publico

Disclosure Team, Ministry of Justice

Dear Pro Bono Publico,

Thank you for your email.

Unfortunately we cannot process your request for an Internal Review as the original request was previously not considered a valid FOI due to your use of a pseudonym. However, due to the reasons you have stated, we will accept your pseudonym on this occasion and process your FOI request from the date it was originally sent in. Apologies for this inconvenience.

Kind regards,

Disclosure Team

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Disclosure Team, Ministry of Justice

2 Atodiad

 

Dear Sir,

 

Thank you for your recent request.  Section 8(1)(b) of the Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA) 2000 states that requests include the name of the
applicant and an address for correspondence.

 

You have provided a name but confirmed that it is a pseudonym; as such we
cannot accept this as a valid request

 

I understand your desire for anonymity; if you can provide your name via a
private (also anonymised) email account, quoting reference 190104021, we
can then reply to the What Do They Know account without using your name.

 

Thanks very much.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

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dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Dear Disclosure Team,

That's fine - please let me have an email address.

Yours sincerely,

Pro Bono Publico

Disclosure Team, Ministry of Justice

Dear Sir,

Please send your email to [MoJ request email]

Kind regards,

Disclosure team

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Dear Disclosure Team,

What does [MoJ request email] even mean?! I need an actual email address.

Yours sincerely,

Pro Bono Publico

Disclosure Team, Ministry of Justice

Dear Pro Bono Publico,

Thank you for your email.

Apologies, WhatDoTheyKnow website redacted our email address. If you use the following link and scroll to the bottom of the page you will see the contact details for the MoJ FOI team: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisati...

Kind regards,

Disclosure Team

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