We have prepared sample questions to ask public bodies when we review their decisions.

When answering these questions, public bodies should use our guidance notes on the Freedom of Information Act. Please note that these questions are not legally binding. They are intended to provide guidance.


NOTE:  On 25 September 2020 the Supreme Court delivered its judgments in the cases of The Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources v The Information Commissioner and University College Cork v The Information Commissioner.  These judgments have implications for the Commissioner’s reviews of decisions by FOI bodies and are being carefully considered by the Commissioner.  The guidance provided here is subject to the implications of these judgments and users of this guidance should bear this in mind. 

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Further information

Do you want more guidance on the Information Commissioner's approach to applying the Freedom of Information Act?

Please see our guidance notes

Please see our decisions