Sam from medConfidential

Dear Ministry of Justice,

Under the Freedom of Information Act, would you kindly provide:

1) A copy of the project brief and project initiation document for the “Data First” / ‘AI First’ project(s), as agreed for funding by ADR / ESRC / UKRI;

2) A copy of the document, or a public citation to where it is published, that defines the “department’s key strategic objective”, specifically, if relevant, as relating to using AI in the family court as expected by the ‘First’ project;

3) Any documents or internal correspondence (including emails, whatsapp messages, memos, or (relevant portions of) minutes of meetings) resulting from medConfidential’s letter to Sir Richard Heaton of the 10th October 2019 (in order to comply with cost limits, you may restrict searches to the recipients of that letter, relevant members of the HMCTS Senior Management Team, and staff working on the project covered in part 1 of this request);

4) In responding to this request, please explicitly confirm whether the response includes the whatsapp part of (3) in relation to the “Data First” project

If parts of this request will take longer than the statutory time period to provide, please provide as much information as you can within the deadline, and follow up with additional information later

Related to part 3 of the request, if you choose to include a copy of the original letter itself in the response, we draw your attention to the comments on FOI redactions that we sent along with the original letter. We do not expect you to provide a copy of the letter itself in response to part 3.

Yours faithfully,

Sam Smith

Disclosure Team, Ministry of Justice

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Sam from medConfidential

Dear MoJ,

Thank you for your reply to parts 2-4 of my request; while your statements relating to part (2) may be accurate, they are not a response to the substance of part (1).

For completeness, part 1 of my request said:
(1) [Please provide] A copy of the project brief and project initiation document for the “Data First” / ‘AI First’ project(s), as agreed for funding by ADR / ESRC / UKRI;

If the omission of the document(s) in part (1) was an oversight in the response you have provided, can I request you respond to my original request as required by the FoI Act.

If MoJ has no information to add to what it has already sent, noting that it has provided neither the document(s) requested in part (1), nor the required justification for withholding them, and if you do not wish to provide the justification for withholding the documents, can I please request an internal review of your (non-) response to part 1 of my request and repeat my request for the document(s) request.

Yours sincerely,
Sam Smith

Disclosure Team, Ministry of Justice

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Dear Sam Smith,

 

Thank you for your recent request for an internal review.

 

Please find response attached.

 

Kind regards

 

Disclosure Team (senton behalf of  Data & Analytical Services)

Ministry of Justice

 

 

 

 

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Sam from medConfidential

Dear MoJ,

Thank you for your initial consideration, and your need for more information for the internal review (your reference 191219015) of the response to part (1) of my original FoI request (your reference 191025003).

If it helps you find the document requested, here are some details:
- there is a version dated September 2019,
- it has “Project Initiation Document (incorporating Project Brief)” in bold letters on page 1,
- it has a “Document Ref” which begins with “PID/2019 - DATA FIRST” followed by a number,
- it was was “Produced by” Ms “F Ashwood” who has an email address @justice.gov.uk .

Your review accurately clarified that the “Source of Mandate” was the “Department’s key strategic objective” – whoever clarified that can probably confirm it says so in the document I requested. The Mandate was confirmed in September 2019, which is likely to be a result of ADRUK approving their grant (which ADRUK confirmed publicly in September 2019, and which aligns with the dates above).

When you follow up with the Data First project team, you may wish to draw their attention to this link, possibly also noting that while they previously may have suggested that the document requested doesn’t exist, perhaps their recollection is now greater: https://twitter.com/smithsam/status/1187...

Thank you for your time on finalising your internal review.

Best wishes,
Sam Smith

Disclosure Team, Ministry of Justice

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Dear Mr Smith,

 

Please find attached from the MoJ, a reply to your FOI internal review
request which has the reference number 200127023.

 

Regards,

 

The Disclosure Team

 

 

 

 

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