TVL Search Warrant Applications - Medway

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

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The request was refused by Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service.

Dear Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service,

I am making this request under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

This request only relates to information held by Medway Magistrates' Court since 1st January 2011.

Please provide me with the following information:

1. The number of search warrant applications made by employees of the BBC/TV Licensing/Capita Business Services Ltd in accordance with Section 366 of the Communications Act 2003.

2. Of those applications, the number granted or refused.

3. Of those applications granted, the number with information laid to the effect that detection/detector van evidence had been (allegedly) obtained by the BBC/TV Licensing/Capita Business Services Ltd.

Yours faithfully,

Mark on behalf of LicenceFree.co.uk

Weston, Bob (Gloucester),

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Hello Mark,
Please find attached a response to your recent request.
 

Bob Weston

Data Quality Manager

HMCTS - Performance, Analysis and Reporting Team

Tel: 01452 334448 or 0203 3345511 

E [email address]

1st Floor | Twyver House | Bruton Way | Gloucester | GL1 1PE

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Mark left an annotation ()

Hi Bob,

I appreciate your concerns over these requests.

Unfortunately, I disagree with your view that these requests are requesting "similar" information within the meaning of the Act. Clearly, the data from Court A is not related to the data from Court B, and therefore there is in no sense a repetitive element, which is what I think the Act is trying to address.

I'm happy to be of assistance, though, and if you could advise what is achievable within the cost limit, I will revise my requests (those covering the South-East) accordingly.

Ultimately, I am seeking an overall total for England & Wales. If there is an easier way to get to that total, or a reasonable estimate thereof, I would be happy with that as an alternative.

I understand that the BBC has this information, but has refused to release it. I cannot appeal that decision because it was not my request.

Best regards,

Mark on behalf of LicenceFree.co.uk

Dear Her Majesty’s Courts and the Tribunals Service,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Her Majesty’s Courts and the Tribunals Service's handling of my FOI request 'TVL Search Warrant Applications - Medway'.

I made a follow-up annotation to my request, but this doesn't seem to have produced any response.

The issues are:-

1. This request has been rejected on the basis of its similarity to others regarding the same information from different Courts. I have suggested that this is not the purpose or the meaning of the Law, since there is no relationship between data for one court and that for any other, and each court's data is (or ought to be) a matter of public record.

2. HMCTS has not responded to my request to identify what is achievable within the cost limit that it proposes to impose.

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

Yours faithfully,

Mark on behalf of LicenceFree.co.uk

J.A.F. Mitchell left an annotation ()

Above the box where you write annotations is the legend "Annotations will be posted publicly here, and are NOT sent to Her Majesty’s Courts and the Tribunals Service".
Unless HMCTS actually visit this request on the WDTK website, which is unlikely, they will have no knowledge of it.

GRC@hmcts.gsi.gov.uk,

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Dear Mark,
 
I attach the outcome of my internal review.
 
Roger Towers
Clerk to the First-tier Tribunal
General Regulatory Chamber
0116 249 4342
I am not authorised to bind my Department contractually, nor to make
representations or other statements which may bind the Department in any
way via electronic means.
 
 

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