What is the Freedom of Information Act?
The information below sets out your rights under the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) 2000 and provides contact details should you wish to make an enquiry.
FOI gives people a right of access to information held by public bodies. The Northern Ireland Legal Services Commission is a Public Body covered by the Act.
FOI applies to information whatever its age, and information is assumed to be 'open' unless one of the exemptions set out in the Act applies.
Exemptions are grounds to withhold information. They are clearly defined and are limited in number. The Ministry of Justice has produced a guide to the FOI exemptions
Anyone anywhere in the world can send a written request for information in a letter, fax or email to a public authority. The public authority must say whether it holds the information, and if it does, then provide it unless one of the exemptions applies to the information requested.
How to Request Information from the Northern Ireland Legal Services Commission?
The Northern Ireland Legal Services Commission has adopted the
Information Commissioners Model Publication Scheme
containing many downloadable documents and useful information.
Do you want to request information under the Act?
If you still can't find what you are looking for, or you require information available on our website in a different form (a hard copy or accessible format for example) you may ask for it under FOI by emailing us, or by writing to us at:
Secretariat to the Board
Northern Ireland Legal Services Commission
2nd Floor Waterfront Plaza
8 Laganbank Road
Tel: 028 9040 8888
Fax: 028 9040 8990