Remote Video Civil Hearings

Gordon Wyatt made this Freedom of Information request to Ministry of Justice

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Dear Ministry of Justice,

Our group understands that the MoJ, not HMCTS, deals with FOI requests such as this one. For the purpose of this request, we exclude hybrid hearings.

1. What was the total number of remote video hearings that took place in the civil courts of England & Wales from 23 March 2020 to 16 June 2020?

2. How many hearings referred to in 1. had to be adjourned due to technological problems?

3. How many hearings referred to in 1. involved at least one litigant in person?

Yours faithfully,

Gordon Wyatt on behalf of the Just Not Just campaign group

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Weston, Bob (Gloucester), Ministry of Justice

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Bob Weston

 

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Weston, Bob (Gloucester), Ministry of Justice

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Bob Weston

 

Knowledge Information Liaison Officer

 

HMCTS - Analysis and Performance Division, Finance, Governance and
Performance Directorate.

 

Tel: 01452 334448 or 0203 3345511

 

E [1][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 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 'Remote Video Civil Hearings'.

Section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 relates to the duty to provide advice and assistance.

In the response dated 1 July 2020 from Bob Weston, after the refusal to provide the information on the cost limit ground, he stated 'Although we cannot answer your request at the moment, we may be able to answer a refined request within the cost limit. You may wish to consider, for example, specifying particular types of claims to be included in scope and/or particular regions of England and Wales that you are interested in. Please be aware that we cannot guarantee at this stage that a refined request will fall within the FOIA cost limit...'.

More clarity is sought about how to refine the request to ensure that neither party is wasting its time with FOI requests that fall foul of Section 12 of the said Act. Will you indicate at what level the questions are likely to be within the cost limit - asking the questions regarding one county court or two county courts or three etc? Regarding the comment about specifying the types of claim, surely this would be counter-productive as it would involve more time to filter these out.

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

Yours faithfully,

Gordon Wyatt on behalf of the Just Not Just campaign

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NE RSU FOI & DPA, Ministry of Justice

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Dear Mr Wyatt,
 
Please find attached the acknowledgment to your request for an internal
review of FOI request 200616011.
 
 
 
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NE RSU FOI & DPA, Ministry of Justice

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Dear Mr Wyatt,
 
Please find attached the response to your request for an internal review
of FOI request 200616011.
 
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Knowledge and Informatio Liaison Officer
 
North East Region
 
For information on how HMCTS uses personal data about you please see
[1]Here is how HMCTS uses personal data about you.
 
[2]https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-...
 
 
 
 
 
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Dear NE RSU FOI & DPA,

Effectively, inadequate collection of data can be used as an excuse not to supply information under a FOI request. Also, we're unconvinced by the argument about not being able to provide further clarity about refining the request such as you choosing a smaller, less busy county court or courts to give an indication as a common sense approach so neither party wastes its time.

This is unwillingness not inability.

Yours sincerely,

Gordon Wyatt on behalf of the Just Not Just campaign group

NE RSU FOI & DPA, Ministry of Justice

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NE RSU FOI & DPA, Ministry of Justice

Dear Mr Wyatt,

Thank you for your email, your comments are noted.

However, I am unable to assist your further in this matter. If you are not satisfied with this response you received to your request then you have the right to apply to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

The Commissioner is an independent regulator who has the power to direct us to respond to your request differently, if she considers that we have handled it incorrectly.

You can contact the ICO at the following address:

Information Commissioner’s Office

https://ico.org.uk/Global/contact-us

I am sorry I am unable to assist you further.

Yours sincerely

K Smith
Knowledge and Informatio Liaison Officer

North East Region

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