BBC TV Detector Equipment Search Warrant Applications

Sean Moran made this Freedom of Information request to Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service

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The request was refused by Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service.

Dear Her Majesty’s Courts and the Tribunals Service,

Can you please provide me with the following information on search warrants granted by Magistrates for private premises obtained by the BBC (or its' agents) presenting evidence allegedly obtained by TV Detector Vans or Handheld TV Detector Units.

1. How many search warrants for private premises were obtained by the BBC (or its' agents)as a result of evidence allegedly obtained by TV Detector Vans?

2. How many search warrants for private premises were obtained by the BBC (or its' agents)as a result of evidence allegedly obtained by Handheld TV Detector Units.

3 How many search warrants for private premises were obtained by the BBC (or its' agents)as a result of evidence allegedly obtained by allegedly looking through windows, doors or other apertures?

4. Do the BBC (or its' agents) have to give evidence on oath about evidence obtained by TV Detector Vans or Handheld TV Detector Units to obtain search warrants for private premises from Magistrates?

Please provide the information to questions 1. 2. and 3. for the last ten years broken down by year.

Yours faithfully,

Sean Moran

Weston, Bob (Gloucester),

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Hello Sean Moran,
Please find attached an acknowledgement of your recent request. 
 

Bob Weston

Data Quality Manager

HMCTS - Performance, Analysis and Reporting Team

Tel: 01452 334448 or 0203 3345511 

E [email address]

1st Floor | Twyver House | Bruton Way | Gloucester | GL1 1PE

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Weston, Bob (Gloucester),

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Hello Sean Moran,
Please find attached a response to the above request.
 

Bob Weston

Data Quality Manager

HMCTS - Performance, Analysis and Reporting Team

Tel: 01452 334448 or 0203 3345511 

E [email address]

1st Floor | Twyver House | Bruton Way | Gloucester | GL1 1PE

" I am not authorised to bind the Ministry of Justice contractually, nor
to make representation or other statements which may bind the Ministry of
Justice in any way via electronic means".

 

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Dear Weston, Bob (Gloucester),

In that case please refine my request to only the last year.

Yours sincerely,

Sean Moran

Weston, Bob (Gloucester),

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Hello Sean Moran,
Please find attached an acknowledgement of your recent request. 
 

Bob Weston

Data Quality Manager

HMCTS - Performance, Analysis and Reporting Team

Tel: 01452 334448 or 0203 3345511 

E [email address]

1st Floor | Twyver House | Bruton Way | Gloucester | GL1 1PE

" I am not authorised to bind the Ministry of Justice contractually, nor
to make representation or other statements which may bind the Ministry of
Justice in any way via electronic means".

 

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Weston, Bob (Gloucester),

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Hello Mr Moran,
Please find attached a response to your recent request. 
 

Bob Weston

Data Quality Manager

HMCTS - Performance, Analysis and Reporting Team

Tel: 01452 334448 or 0203 3345511 

E [email address]

1st Floor | Twyver House | Bruton Way | Gloucester | GL1 1PE

" I am not authorised to bind the Ministry of Justice contractually, nor
to make representation or other statements which may bind the Ministry of
Justice in any way via electronic means".

 

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Dear Weston, Bob (Gloucester),

In that case please make teh request for teh last year only.

Yours sincerely,

Sean Moran

Weston, Bob (Gloucester),

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Hello Sean Moran,
On 5 March I answered the FoI Act question 88848 as attached.
You appear in your email below, dated 8th March, to have asked the same question as answered on the 5th.
Please could you advise me whether you want me to raise this latest question as a new FoI Act request or do you want to amend the question below before I do that?
Regards,

Bob Weston

Data Quality Manager

HMCTS - Performance, Analysis and Reporting Team

Tel: 01452 334448 or 0203 3345511

E [email address]

1st Floor | Twyver House | Bruton Way | Gloucester | GL1 1PE

" I am not authorised to bind the Ministry of Justice contractually, nor to make representation or other statements which may bind the Ministry of Justice in any way via electronic means".

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Dear Weston, Bob (Gloucester),

Please make my request for the last year or advise on an acceptable time period for this request.

Yours sincerely,

Sean Moran

Weston, Bob (Gloucester),

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Dear Mr Moran,

I have to advise that providing a whole year worth of data,even for a time period as recent as last year, is not possible under the FoIA due to the s12(costs) exemption.I attach a copy of my response to FOI 88848 which advised you to refine your FoI request time period to less than a year.You were also informed it would help if you only asked for data from a specific court, and not from all the courts in HMCTS.

Nevertheless, your e-mail of the 8th March, and current e-mail of the 12 March, seem to have repeated the previous FoI request that was refused because of s12(costs).Your e-mails again asked for a whole year worth of data, and for it to be from all of the courts in HMCTS but we can not provide that.

Please be advised that MoJ are not obliged to work up to £600, and can not prescribe how a requester should rephrase any question to seek information from MoJ. How a requester wishes to refine their FoI request is always their choice. The FoI Act only requires us to offer advice on how a requester may possibly wish to refine their FoI request, which I have done.

To clarify, I can only suggest that you might wish to resubmit a new FoI request with a shorter time period than a years worth of data. Also, you may want to ask only for data from one specific court of your choice. For example, you could ask for only one specific month worth of data, and for information only from one particular court. Please let us know which court you would like HMCTS to provide you information from?

Please be aware however, that we cannot at this stage guarantee that any refined request, even if shortened to one court or one month will fall within the FOIA cost limits. Also, a refined request may engage one or more other exemptions available under the Act.

I hope that helps clarify that a year worth of data, or information 'for the last year', is not a reasonable time period, and therefore that MoJ can not provide information for such a wide time period due to the s12(costs) exemption applying.

Regards

Bob Weston

Data Quality Manager

HMCTS - Performance, Analysis and Reporting Team

Tel: 01452 334448 or 0203 3345511

E [email address]

1st Floor | Twyver House | Bruton Way | Gloucester | GL1 1PE

" I am not authorised to bind the Ministry of Justice contractually, nor to make representation or other statements which may bind the Ministry of Justice in any way via electronic means".

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