HCMS plans to publish court case data online

Judith Townend made this Freedom of Information request to Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service

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Dear Her Majesty's Courts Service,

I am writing to make an open government request for all the information to which I am entitled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

In order to assist you with this request, I am outlining my query as specifically as possible.

If however this request is too wide or too unclear, I would be grateful if you could contact me, preferably electronically, before the twentieth day as I understand that under section 16 of the act, you are required to advise and assist FoI requesters.

I would like to know about HCMS plans to publish courts data online.

I am aware some parts of Her Majesty's Courts data is already available online. Has the Ministry of Justice considered making additional court case details available online, for example (but not exclusively): case type, date of grant or discharge of any interim injunction, statements of case, skeleton arguments for hearings, any publication restrictions, date of next hearing. If so, for which courts? Please could I see documentation and communication surrounding such plans, from 2008-10?

As stated at the beginning of this request, if you need any explanation of this request please email me. If FOI requests of a similar nature have already been submitted could you please include your responses to those requests.

I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request, and I look forward to hearing from you, preferably by email, within the 20-working day statutory time period.

Yours faithfully,

Judith Townend

O'Neill, Finn, Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service

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Dear Ms Townend

Please see the attached response on behalf of Neil Carne and Juliet
Lopez-Real, in relation to your Freedom of Information requests.

Best wishes


Finn O'Neill | Data Access & Compliance Unit | Information Directorate |
Ministry of Justice | 102 Petty France | London SW1H 9AJ | 020 3334 2567

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Judith Townend left an annotation ()

I have written up the contents of the response here: http://meejalaw.com/2010/10/08/digital-c...