Vexatious and manifestly unreasonable requests: definitive guidance from the Upper Tribunal – Panopticon

Posted February 8th, 2013 in freedom of information, news, vexatious litigants by sally

“Public authorities often have cause to consider whether to treat requests for information as vexatious (section 14 of FOIA) or manifestly unreasonable (regulation 12(4)(b) of the EIR). Precise definitions of those terms are difficult to pin down. They are not supplied by legislation. There is no binding authority from appellate courts or tribunals on their meaning in the information rights context. The Information Commissioner’s guidance is long-standing, but First-Tier Tribunals vary in the extent to which they use that guidance.”

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Panopticon, 7th February 2013