The Freedom of Information Act took effect from 1 January 2005. The JAC operates as openly and transparently as possible in the spirit of the Act.
Freedom of Information Act
There are a number of exemptions and exclusions which exist to ensure a proper balance is struck between the right to know, the right to personal privacy and the delivery of effective government.
Responsibility for overseeing the operation of the Act rests with the Information Commissioner, who is independent of the government and reports directly to Parliament.
For information on the Freedom of Information Act, its scope and your right to information, visit the Information Commissioner's website. Further guidance is on the Ministry of Justice website
Publication scheme policy
One of the key principles of good administration is to be open and accountable. The JAC is committed to publishing a wide range of information about its activities and subjects which are known to be of public interest.
At the same time under the terms of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005, our processes must be undertaken confidentially, and any information that we gather for the purposes of making selections for judicial appointments can only be disclosed in very specific circumstances.
We must balance our wish to operate openly and transparently with a duty to protect the personal and confidential information we hold. Therefore the information about our work that we can place in the public domain is limited.
The JAC's publication scheme is based on the Information Commissioner's model scheme for non-departmental public bodies. It is specifically designed to ensure that we make a significant amount of information available without the need for a specific request under the Freedom of Information Act.
If you are unable to find the information you need through our publication scheme, you can make a request for that information by contacting:
Freedom of Information Office
Judicial Appointments Commission
5th Floor, Clive House
70 Petty France