Complaints made against District Judge Daniel Curtis

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fFaudwAtch UK (Account suspended)

Dear Ministry of Justice,

Please disclose any details held by the Ministry of Justice in connection with complaints (of any nature) made against District Judge Daniel Curtis.

Yours faithfully,

fFaudwAtch UK

Woods, Dave,

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Please see the attached document.

 

 

Dave Woods

Senior Caseworker

Judicial Conduct Investigations Office

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Royal Courts of Justice

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Many Thanks

Laura Watson

Dear Ministry of Justice,

Please disclose any details held by the Ministry of Justice in
connection with complaints (of any nature) made against District
Judge Daniel Curtis.

Yours faithfully,

fFaudwAtch UK

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fFaudwAtch UK (Account suspended)

Dear Data Access & Compliance Unit,

I don't have any objection to providing my name, however, the Ministry of Justice should really get with it and think about the nature of Freedom of Information requests which are applicant blind.

Yours sincerely,

fFaudwAtch UK Aka N Gilliatt

Data Access & Compliance Unit, Ministry of Justice

Under section 8 can you please supply us with your full name.

Once I have this I will be able to take your request forward.

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Laura Watson

Laura Watson| Business Manager | Communication and Information Directorate | Ministry of Justice 10.34, 102 Petty France, London, SW1H 9AJ | www.justice.gov.uk  | @MoJGovUK | @MoJPress

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fFaudwAtch UK (Account suspended)

Dear Data Access & Compliance Unit,

Neil

Yours sincerely,

fFaudwAtch UK

Mannion, Eileen,

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Please find attached reply to your FOI request.

Yours sincerely
Eileen Mannion
Senior Caseworker
JCIO

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Mannion, Eileen,

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Dear Mr Gilliatt

Please find attached reply to your FOI request.

Yours sincerely
Eileen Mannion
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fFaudwAtch UK (Account suspended)

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 'Complaints made against District Judge Daniel Curtis'.

I contest the application of the exemption (s 32) as it clearly relates to material only held in relation to particular court cases.

A judge's complaint record might not relate to any specific cases. any link to a particular case would be incidental and could be removed before disclosure. Information on complaints would be held for purposes in addition to any related cases.

A judge when acting as a judge is an office holder who is not acting in a personal capacity. While there may be personal information in a complaints record, that shouldn't preclude most of the record being released with any personal material redacted.

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

Yours faithfully,

fFaudwAtch UK

fFaudwAtch UK (Account suspended)

Dear Mannion, Eileen,

Any indication as to when an outcome to the review will completed?

Yours sincerely,

fFaudwAtch UK

Mannion, Eileen,

I am currently out of the office. I will be back on Thursday 17 March. For any urgent enquiries please telephone 0207 073 4719 or e-mail [email address]

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Mannion, Eileen,

Dear Mr Gilliatt

I can confirm that the statutory deadline for response to this request is 29 March. You will receive a reply by that date.

Yours sincerely
Eileen Mannion

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Mannion, Eileen,

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Dear Mr Gilliatt

Please find attached response to your internal review requests, sent on behalf of my colleague Ms Hughes.

Yours sincerely
Eileen Mannion
Senior Caseworker
JCIO

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Mannion, Eileen,

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Dear Mr Gilliatt

Please find attached response to your internal review requests, sent on behalf of my colleague Ms Hughes.

Yours sincerely
Eileen Mannion
Senior Caseworker
JCIO

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fFaudwAtch UK (Account suspended) left an annotation ()

Request to review the Ministry of Justice's decision.

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

17/05/16

Dear Sir/Madam

RE: INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF FOI REQUEST TO MOJ – Ref: FOI / 102206

I made a freedom of information request to the Ministry of Justice (the ‘MoJ’) on 23 December 2015. The details can be found on the “what do they know” website at the following address:

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...

On 10 February 2016 the MoJ gave notice that it was refusing to supply the information under Section 32(3) and 40(5) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

A request for internal review was submitted on 26 February 2016, and it explained why it was my opinion that the application of the exemption Section 32 was not valid as it clearly related to material only held in relation to particular court cases and a judge's complaint record might not relate to any specific cases. Any link to a particular case would be incidental and could be removed before disclosure etc. In respect of Section 40(5), a judge when acting as a judge is an office holder who is not acting in a personal capacity. While there may be personal information in a complaints record, that shouldn't preclude most of the record being released with any personal material redacted.

In its letter on 29 March 2016, the MoJ concluded that the response was compliant with the FOIA.

For these judges to be properly held accountable, it is essential that their conduct records are made available to members of the public and for that reason think it warranted that the expertise of the Information Commissioner is called on to review this.

Yours sincerely

fFaudwAtch UK

fFaudwAtch UK (Account suspended) left an annotation ()

The Commissioner has deemed it not necessary to consider the exemptions 32(3) (court records) and 40(5) (personal information) because it was agreed that there was no obligation to confirm or deny whether it held the information under Section 44(2) of the FOIA.

Will link to the Decision Notice when available on the ICO website.

fFaudwAtch UK (Account suspended) left an annotation ()

Link to the Information Commissioner's 'Decision Notice':

(Date: 26 July 2016)
https://ico.org.uk/media/action-weve-tak...

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