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Procedures Manual

Published  July 2015

Published August 2015

Guide to Rules Procedures Practices, Guidelines, and Interpretations used by the Office of the Information Commissioner

This guide is published in accordance with Section 8 of the Freedom of Information Act, 2014. Section 8 provides for the publication of a Guide to the Rules, Procedures, Practices, Guidelines and Interpretations used by the Office of the Information Commissioner for the purposes of Decisions, Determinations or Recommendations under the Freedom of Information Acts, 1997, 2003 (as amended) and 2014.

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Guide to procedures used by the Office of the Information Commissioner

Contents

  1. Foreword
  2. Making review applications to the Office of the Information Commissioner
  3. Application fees to the Office of the Information Commissioner
  4. Applications by E Mail or Fax
  5. Registering review applications
  6. Initial screening of applications
  7. Assessment of applications for review
  8. Appraisal for best resolution
  9. Notification of material issues
  10. Settlements & withdrawals
  11. Cases requiring further investigation
  12. Search cases
  13. Conclusion of the review
  14. Closing cases
  15. Arrangements for dealing with review applications
  16. Appendix 1 - Checklist for screening OIC applications for review
  17. Appendix 2 - Screening of S38 applications for review to the Information Commissioner - Checklist
  18. Appendix 3 - Adequacy of search cases – guidelines
  19. Appendix 4 - Requests to which section 38 applies – guidelines
  20. Appendix 5 - Request for review by the Information Commissioner under section 22(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2014
  21. Appendix 6 - Liaison arrangements with FOI Bodies for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act 2014
  22. Appendix 7 - OIC Decision Style Guide
  23. Appendix 8 - Glossary of Terms