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Public authority - Right to information - Public authorities refusing applicants' requests for access to information - Whether request to be treated as vexatious if not itself vexatious but previous requests have been Dransfield v Information Commissioner and another Craven v Information Commissioner and another [2015] EWCA Civ 454; [2015] WLR (D) 215

19 May 2015

CA: Arden, Gloster, Macur LJJ

• 14 May 2015

The Court of Appeal gave guidance as to the approach of a decision-maker when determining, for the purposes of section 14(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2004, whether a right to information request was vexatious and whether, for the purposes of regulation 12(4)(b) of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, a request for environmental information was "manifestly unreasonable".

The Court of Appeal so stated when dismissing the appeals of (1) Mr Dransfield against the decision of the Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber) [2012] UKUT 440 (AAC) concluding that his request for information was vexatious, under section 14(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2004, because of the past history of dealings between him and Devon County Council; and (2) Mrs Craven against the decisio...

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