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Freedom of Information

What is the Freedom of Information?

These pages explain your rights under the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) 2000. FOI gives people a right of access to information held by public bodies. The Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service is a public authority covered by the Act.

FOI applies to information whatever its age and information is assumed to be 'open' unless one of the exemptions set out in the Act applies.

Exemptions are grounds to withhold information. They are clearly defined and are limited in number.

Anyone anywhere in the world can send a written request for information in a letter, fax or email to a public authority. The public authority must say whether it holds the information, and if it does, then provide it unless one of the exemptions applies to the information requested.

How to Request Information from the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service?

We already make a lot of information available to you. Before you consider making a request, please try:

Searching our Website for Information

If you wish to search for a particular publication please type keywords into the Search box on the top right-hand side of the screen. This will search the entire website. There is help on searching  or for a more advanced search of our publications use the Publications Search.

Check our Publication Scheme

The Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service has adopted the Information Commissioners Model Publication Scheme. We have an information guide to help you find information available under the publication scheme.

Our Publication Scheme includes information that is routinely made available and includes information published on our web site and print publications, including publications that are for sale.

Check Court Rules Committee (Northern Ireland) Publication Schemes

The Court Rules Committees (Northern Ireland) have adopted the Information Commissioners Model Publication Scheme. We have an information guide to help you find information available under the publication schemes.

The Publication Schemes include information that is routinely made available and includes information published on our web site and print publications, including publications that are for sale.

Do you want to Request Information Under the Act?

If you still can't find what you are looking for, or you require information available on our website in a different form (a hard copy or accessible format for example) you may ask for it under FOI by emailing us at communicationsgroup@courtsni.gov.uk, or by writing to us at:

Records and Information Access
Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service
Laganside House
23-27 Oxford Street
Belfast
BT1 3LA

Tel: 028 9032 8594
Text Phone: 028 9041 2920
Fax: 028 9072 8941