New appellate structure for Information Tribunal on the horizon

Jeremy Phillips

According to a letter from the Tribunals Service of 4 August 2009, an as-yet unspecified date in January 2010 has been fixed for the metamorphosis of the Information Tribunal into a First-tier Tribunal and an Upper Tribunal, thus implementing Part 1 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007.

The appellate functions of the Information Tribunal in relation to the Data Protection Act 1998 and Freedom of Information Act 2000 will both be transferred to this structure and assigned to chambers within the new tribunals. A new set of Tribunal Rules is expected later this year.

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