Query re: Ministry of Justice websites and online activity

Judith Townend made this Freedom of Information request to Ministry of Justice

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From: Judith Townend

Dear Ministry of Justice,

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 Ministry of Justice websites and the
department’s online activity:

1) How much money was spent on the You Be the Judge website from
its creation until September 7, 2010? http://ybtj.cjsonline.gov.uk/

2) Where possible, please break down these costs out by function
(for example, development, content, design, updates, changes,
hosting, co-location, domain registration, licensing etc)?

2) Was the work outsourced to an external company? If so, which
company and how long is its contract with the Ministry of Justice?

3) In 2007, it was reported by Press Gazette that there were
discussions for an online media database of court orders and the
Ministry of Justice was in discussion with the Society of Editors
over this. In 2010, it was reported on Malcolm Coles' blog that the
Ministry of Justice confirmed plans were ongoing.

What stage is the development of this database at, and what are the
estimated costs? Who would pay for the database? (ref:
http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/story.asp?... /
http://www.malcolmcoles.co.uk/blog/repor...)

If one part of this request can be answered more quickly than
others, please send that information first followed by the other
data. 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, please could you
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

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From: Over, Darren \(ARU\)
Ministry of Justice

Freedom of Information Request FOI/67061/10

Data Access & Compliance Unit
Information Directorate
Zone 6 B
Post point 6.25
102 Petty France
London
SW1H 9AJ

T 020 3334 2567
F 020 3334 2245
E [email address]

www.justice.gov.uk

08-SEP-10 Our Ref:FOI/67061/10

Dear Judith Townend,

SUBJECT: Freedom of Information Request

Thank you for your correspondence of September 8, 2010, in which you
asked for information about MoJ websites and online activity and HMCS
plans to publish court case data online under the Freedom of Information
Act 2000 (FOIA) from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).

You will receive a response from us by October 6, 2010. Your request has
been passed to the appropriate business unit within the MoJ, and they
will write to you with their decision by this date.

The FOIA does provide a number of exemptions. A qualified exemption
requires that before relying on it we must consider the public interest
test. If the information you have requested is covered by a qualified
exemption(s) under FOIA, the Department is allowed to take longer than
20 working days to respond. This is because in such circumstances we are
required to consider the public interest issues when deciding whether or
not to disclose the information requested.

If more time is needed to consider the public interest issues under a
qualified exemption(s), we will write to you and inform you of the
revised date you can expect to receive a response to your request.

If you have any queries regarding this request please do not hesitate to
contact us. Please quote ref: FOI/67061/10 in all future correspondence.

Yours sincerely,

Darren Over
(Sent on behalf of Finn O'Neill)
Data Access and Compliance Unit

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From: O'Neill, Finn
Ministry of Justice


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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

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

<<FOI 67061 Townend.pdf>>

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could be intercepted and read by someone else. Please bear that in
mind when deciding whether to send material in response to this message
by e-mail.

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monitored, recorded and retained by the Ministry of Justice. E-mail
monitoring / blocking software may be used, and e-mail content may be
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I have written up the contents of the response here: http://meejalaw.com/2010/10/08/digital-c...

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