Information about TV Licensing's court training sessions

Mr Hillas made this Freedom of Information request to British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

According to a magazine published by TV licensing called "In Brief", mailed to members of the Magistrates Association, BBC TV Licensing offer "Court training sessions" to magistrates who hear prosecution cases brought by TV Licensing.

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act for full publication of all the course materials used in these "Court training sessions" offered by PR companies under contract to BBC TV Licensing.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Hillas

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr Hillas,

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000, as detailed in your email below. Your request was
received on 7th July, 2010. We will deal with your request as promptly
as possible, and at the latest within 20 working days. If you have any
queries about your request, please contact us at the address below.

The reference number for your request is RFI20100933.

Kind regards

The Information Policy & Compliance Team

BBC Freedom of Information
Room 2252, BBC White City
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London W12 7TS

www.bbc.co.uk/foi
Email: [BBC request email]

Tel: 020 8008 2882
Fax: 020 8008 2398

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Dear Mr Hillas,

Please find attached the response to your request for information,
reference RFI20100933.

<<RFI20100933 - final response.pdf>> <<RFI20100933 - Disclosure document -
ppt Read-Only.pdf>>

Kind regards

Louise Wright
Information Policy and Compliance

BBC Freedom of Information
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Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of British Broadcasting Corporation's handling of my FOI request 'Information about TV Licensing's court training sessions'.

Thank you for your FoI disclosure about BBC TV Licensing's Court Training Sessions. However, my request was for "full publication of the course materials" used in BBC TV Licensing's Court Training Sessions.

The BBC are requested to disclose in full all the parts of the FoI disclosure about BBC TV Licensing's Court Training Sessions that have been redacted under Section 31 of the FoI Act 2000.

Further failure to disclose will require:
1 A detailed explanation and full details of what has been redacted
2 A detailed explanation and full details of why it has been redacted
3 A detailed explanation and full details of how disclosure would materially affect TV Licensing enforcement activities

As far as the requestor is concerned the alleged effect of full disclosure of BBC TV Licensing's Court Training Sessions on BBC TV Licensing's enforcement activities is of far less importance than the likely effect of BBC TV Licensing's Court Training Sessions on the administration of justice in Magistrates Courts within the United Kingdom.

Seemingly the point has to be made to the BBC that BBC TV Licensing's Court Training Sessions are presentations made to Magistrates who sit in judgement on defendants in prosecution cases brought on behalf of the BBC. Consequently, as a result of BBC TV Licensing's Court Training Sessions, the judicial impartiality of Magistrates is likely to be demonstrably compromised.

There is a legitimate public interest in the way justice is administered in Magistrates Courts. Full disclosure of any activities by anyone or any organisation, including the BBC, that is likely to compromise the administration of justice in Magistrates Courts also of legitimate public interest.

That is why full publication of the course materials used in BBC TV Licensing's Court Training Sessions was requested and is being requested again. Therefore, the BBC can have no legitimate reason redacting any part of the course materials used in BBC TV Licensing's Court Training Sessions. Full disclosure of the course materials used in BBC TV Licensing's Court Training Sessions please.

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

Yours faithfully,

Mr Hillas

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr Hillas,

We have received your request for an internal review relating to TV
Licensing court training documents. Your request for an internal review
was received on 14th August 2010.

We shall deal with the review as promptly as possible and, at the
latest, within 30 working days. If you have any queries please contact
us at the address below.

The reference number for your internal review is IR2010027.

Kind regards

Louise Wright
Information Policy and Compliance

BBC Freedom of Information
Room 2252, White City
201 Wood Lane
London W12 7TS, UK

Website: www.bbc.co.uk/foi
Email: [BBC request email]
Tel: 020 8008 2883
Fax: 020 8008 2398

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Dear Mr Hillas,

Please find attached the decision in relation to the internal review of
your FOI request, RFI20100933.

<<IR2010027 - Internal Review Decision note - final.pdf>>

Kind regards

L Wright
Information Policy and Compliance

BBC Freedom of Information
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Bob Willis left an annotation ()

The BBC are just a fucking disgrace in this matter. The very fact that they hold sessions with Magistrates is astonishing beyond words, absolutely astonishing.

David Johnson left an annotation ()

Having reviewed the request and responses, I would strongly suggest that the requester refer this FOI request to the ICO.

It is plain that if the BBC in its function as a prosecuting authority is providing information to judicial office holders about its general processes and procedures, that same information ought to be placed fully into the public domain. To do otherwise would arguably breach/cause breaches article six of the convention on human rights - namely the right to a fair trial - since it is wrong for a judicial office holder to be privy to information from the prosecution which has not been made available to the defence.

timpory left an annotation ()

It cannot be just/fair that members of the judiciary (at any level) can be trained/briefed by a (potential) litigant.

That such 'training' can be 'secret' even in the light of a FOI request is scandalous.

This is improper......and has been since Magna Carta(-ish).

British justice....the envy, in 2012, of nowhere (even) vaugely civilised. The best justice that money can buy?

Mark Markinson left an annotation ()

This is an absolute disgrace and has to be pursued until the information is given. This is clearly a breach of the HR act in that magistrates will be totally biased when presiding over a case of alleged TV Licence evasion.

J. Jones left an annotation ()

And for knocking on a door & helping a "Customer" fill in & sign their confession - is now £120 "costs" added to any fine the poor mug has signed up to.......+ Victim support...who is the victim?

It is not justice, just Capita & the law courts in collusion - helped of course by Capita's "Training"
Case rested.

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