Judicial Appointments Commission apologises after discovering information it refused to disclose following FoI request had already been published online:
The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) has apologised after discovering that information it refused to disclose following a freedom of information request by a solicitor judge had already been published online. The issue emerged in the latest hearing of the General Regulatory Chamber in the first-tier tribunal in a case brought by His Honour Judge Abbas Mithani.
Mithani is challenging the JAC’s refusal to answer eight requests under the Freedom of Information Act on grounds that the requests involved personal data and information whose disclosure ‘would otherwise prejudice or be likely otherwise to prejudice the effective conduct of public affairs’.
Mithani has previously accused the JAC of seeking to avoid public scrutiny by refusing to provide information on the number of applicants and interviewees in selection exercises as well as the scoring framework. JAC denies all claims against it.