Please see the Decision Notice from the Ministry of Justice refusing my FOIA request for information of the
They have now reviewed their decision and stand by their refusal. I now wish to elevate this matter to the ICO.It beggars belief that Judge Alison Mckenna can be on gardening leave with full pay for 13 months and then claims she has quit.The MOJ are nor circumventing the FOIA and have blocked my FOIA request. With thanks Yours sincerely Alan M Dransfield
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Outcome of Internal Review – 210804042
Thank you for your Internal Review request dated 4th August regarding FOI request 210717006 in which you asked for the following information from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ):
First Tier Tribunal Under protection of the FOIA 2000 please provide me with details about Judge McKenna’s Suspension. 1.Date of Suspension. 2.Type of Suspension, eg Gardening leave. 3.Cause for Suspension 4.List of FOI Cases Judge McKenna has been in charge of for the last 3years. 5 List of all FTT (All facets) suspended in the last 5 years. In the event you think this is excessive, I will settle for 3 years. With thanks Yours sincerely Alan M Dransfield
The purpose of an Internal Review is to assess how your FOI request was handled in the first instance and to determine whether the original decision given to you was correct. This is an independent review: I was not involved in the original decision.
The response to your original request the MoJ neither confirmed nor denied if the information requested was held as the information was exempted under section(s) 32(3) and 40(5) of the FOIA. After careful consideration I have concluded that this response was compliant with the requirements of the FOIA.
The statutory deadline for your request was 16th August and the response was provided on 4th August. The response was therefore compliant with the timeliness requirements of the FOIA.
In conclusion, I am satisfied that the response you received on 4th August was correct.
If you are not satisfied with this response you have the right to apply to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The Commissioner is an independent regulator who has the power to direct us to respond to your request differently, if she considers that we have handled it incorrectly.