Dear Her Majesty’s Courts and the Tribunals Service,

Do the Queen's bench masters still offer practice and procedural advice and on what day and time.

Do any other masters of any other division also offer this service.

Can all courts be contacted to state which courts accept court applications and where and how they must be filed.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Frankham

Disclosure Team, Gwasanaeth Llysoedd a Thribiwnlysoedd EM

Thank you for your e-mail, I am writing to advise you that your enquiry does not fall under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) regime and has been rejected by the Disclosure Team.

It may be helpful if I explain that the FOIA gives individuals and organisations the right of access to all types of recorded information held, at the time the request is received, by public authorities such as the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). Section 84 of the FOIA states that in order for a request for information to be handled as a FOI request, it must be for recorded information.

For example, a FOI request would be for a copy of a policy, rather than an explanation as to why we have that policy in place. On occasion, the MoJ receives requests that do not ask for recorded information, but ask more general questions about, for example, a policy, opinion or a decision.

You may wish to re-submit your enquiry to the Ministry of Justice, which will be treated as Official Correspondence. Our contact details are as followed:

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Contact Form:

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If you do have any questions relating specifically to the FOIA or Data Protection Act (DPA), please contact the Disclosure Team at the following e-mail address: [HMCTS request email]

Kind regards,

The Disclosure Team

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Dear Disclosure Team,

Of course I am asking for recorded information. I would just like to know what written information you do hold and where I can find it.

Please provide an answer promptly and within 20 working days under the FOIA thank you..

Yours sincerely,

Mr Frankham

Disclosure Team, Gwasanaeth Llysoedd a Thribiwnlysoedd EM

Dear Mr Frankham,

Thank you for your email. We have checked your original correspondence, and believe that this does not fall under the FOI regime, and should be answered by official correspondence by the department.

Details of how to submit this, can be found in our original email

Regards,
The Disclosure Team

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Dear Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service's handling of my FOI request 'Procedural Advice'.

I believe HMCTS are incorrect that this request for written information and/or procedural policy requested under the FOIA is not a valid request. Your service must hold some information about when this service offered by the Queen's bench masters at the Royal Courts of Justice was discontinued.

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

Yours faithfully,

Mr Frankham

Disclosure Team, Gwasanaeth Llysoedd a Thribiwnlysoedd EM

Dear Mr Frankham,

Thank you for your email.

We will not be able to offer an internal review for your request as, per our previous emails we believe your request does not fall under the FOIA.

It may be helpful if I explain that the FOIA gives individuals and organisations the right of access to all types of recorded information held, at the time the request is received, by public authorities such as the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). Section 84 of the FOIA states that in order for a request for information to be handled as a FOI request, it must be for recorded information.

For example, a FOI request would be for a copy of a policy, rather than an explanation as to why we have that policy in place. On occasion, the MoJ receives requests that do not ask for recorded information, but ask more general questions about, for example, a policy, opinion or a decision.

Kind Regards,
Disclosure Team

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Dear Disclosure Team,

HMCTS/MOJ are declaring my request under the FOIA is invalid and needs to be forwarded onto the ICO to ascertain and make a decision as to whether you are incorrect, is this the case?

Yours sincerely,

Mr Frankham

Disclosure Team, Gwasanaeth Llysoedd a Thribiwnlysoedd EM

Dear Mr Frankham,

Thank you for your email.

As per our original correspondence we believe that your request does not fall under the FOIA. If you still wish for query to be answered by official correspondence please find details of how to submit this in our previous emails.

If you are not satisfied with this response you have the right to apply to the Information Commissioner’s Office. You can contact the Information Commissioner’s Office at the following address:

Information Commissioner’s Office,
Wycliffe House,
Water Lane,
Wilmslow,
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Kind Regards,
Disclosure Team

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Dear Disclosure Team,

I believe this is a valid FOIA request and expected to receive all recorded information held as I do believe that the Queen's Bench masters did used to offer practice and procedural advice and wanted to know if and when this had been stopped and why.

HMCTS or MOJ must hold some information or an Act of Parliament you can direct me to that contains the information requested under FOIA.

Are you saying you hold no recorded information at all before this is passed to the ICO?

Yours sincerely,

Mr Frankham

Boswell, Edward, Gwasanaeth Llysoedd a Thribiwnlysoedd EM

2 Atodiad

Dear Mr Frankham,

 

Your request for information regarding the Queen’s Bench Masters Practice
and Procedural advice has been forwarded to me to respond to.

 

I understand your question was in relation to the “Practice Master” that
sat daily in the Queen’s Bench Division. I can confirm The Practice Master
has not been sitting in the Division since 3 October 2016. The notice of
this change was published by The Senior Master in July 2016, and I have
attached a copy for your reference, which contains more information on the
change.

 

Unfortunately I do not know whether any other divisions offer this service
– I can only answer for the Queen’s Bench Division in this instance. You
would need to contact the other divisions directly. Their contact details
can be found at [1]https://courttribunalfinder.service.gov....

 

I hope this is of assistance to you.

 

Kind regards,

Ed

 

Ed Boswell
RCJ Senior Information Manager

QB Business & Information Management Team | Room C30 | Queen's Bench
Division | HMCTS | Royal Courts of Justice | Strand, London | WC2A 2LL
Phone: 020 7947 7939

 

[2]www.gov.uk/hmcts

 

[3]Here is how HMCTS uses personal data about you

 

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Dear Edward Boswell,

Thank you Edward for providing the Notice of change in practice before QB Masters dated 18 July 2016 can you please confirm the name of the Senior Master that wrote this notice and what relevant Practice Direction and amendments they are referring to?

Yours sincerely,

Mr Frankham

Boswell, Edward, Gwasanaeth Llysoedd a Thribiwnlysoedd EM

 

Thank you for your email.

 

I am away from the office on leave returning Tuesday 15 October.

 

If your query relates to matters dealt with by the RCJ Information
Management Team please redirect to [email address] and
the team will respond to you as soon as possible.

 

For business support queries please email [email address]

 

For any other urgent matters please call 020 7947 7939 and one of the team
will assist, or if they are not available you will be able to leave a
voicemail message and I will return your call on my return.

 

Any other emails will be dealt with on my return.

 

 

Kind regards,

 

Ed Boswell
RCJ Senior Information Manager
Room C30 | Queen's Bench Division | HMCTS | Royal Courts of Justice
| Strand, London | WC2A 2LL
Phone: 020 7947 7939

Web: [1]www.gov.uk/hmcts

 

 

For information on how HMCTS uses personal data about you please see:
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Boswell, Edward, Gwasanaeth Llysoedd a Thribiwnlysoedd EM

1 Atodiad

Dear Mr Frankham,

 

Thank you for your email. Firstly please accept my apologies for the delay
in responding - I had to do a bit more research on this matter to get the
full answer.

 

The Senior Master at the time was Senior Master Fontaine, who is the
current office holder.

 

The relevant Practice Direction was Civil Procedure Rules Practice
Direction 2A (Court Offices), paragraph 2.2, which previously stated:

 

“2.2  One of the Masters of the Queen’s Bench Division (the 'Practice
Master') shall be present at the Central Office on every day on which the
office is open for the purpose of superintending the business performed
there and giving any directions which may be required on questions of
practice and procedure.”

 

This was deleted with the approval of the President of the Queen’s Bench
Division, the Deputy Head of Civil Justice and the Master of the Rolls in
2016. 

 

Amendments to Practice Directions (rather than Rules) are not made by
Statutory Instrument but are made by the Master of the Rolls under the
powers delegated to him by the Lord Chief Justice under Schedule 2, Part
1, paragraph 2(2) of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005, under the
authority of the Lord Chancellor.

 

I hope this information helps.

 

Kind regards,

Ed

 

Ed Boswell
RCJ Senior Information Manager

QB Business & Information Management Team | Room C30 | Queen's Bench
Division | HMCTS | Royal Courts of Justice | Strand, London | WC2A 2LL

 

[1]www.gov.uk/hmcts

 

[2]Here is how HMCTS uses personal data about you

 

 

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