The UK Government has made clear that it intends to end the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the EU (“CJEU“) in the UK post-Brexit. This will, unless agreed otherwise in the negotiations, result in litigants losing the ability to make references to the CJEU on questions of EU law. In the meantime, the
In a judgment handed down yesterday, the Court of Appeal has – for the first time – quashed a decision of the Attorney General (“AG“) to veto an Upper Tribunal (“UT“) order that documents be disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“FOIA“).
The Cabinet Office has again failed to justify its attempts to avoid the transparency it so often vociferously promotes. Last week, we reported on the Upper Tribunal’s dismissal of the Cabinet Office’s appeal which effectively sought to avoid the application of the government’s own policy on the reduction of the “30-year rule” to a “20
In February 2010, the then Labour Government announced its intention to reduce the period in which Cabinet Office papers were considered confidential from 30 years to 20 years. It therefore included an appropriate amendment to the Public Records Act 1958 in the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010. This was one of the last policies