Freedom of Information (FOI)
Jersey has introduced a Freedom of Information (FOI) law.
Freedom of Information legislation gives you the right to access information held by public authorities. Under FOI, everyone has equal rights to access this information. All you have to do is ask.
How to make an FOI request
Responding to your FOI request
If we hold the information you request and its release is not exempt under the law, we will give the information to you.
When you make an FOI request, you'll receive a response within 20 working days.
There may be a few exceptions to this, eg a school may take longer to respond if you ask for the information outside of term time.
Our response to your FOI request
How FOI can help you
Access to information under FOI can:
- help to inform you of how the government and public authorities work in Jersey
- allow you to take part in debate about issues that may affect you or your family
- help you find information to develop ideas or inform your business decisions
Our commitment to FOI
We have introduced FOI legislation to help make public information available and accessible to you.
We're committed to complying with the letter and spirit of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011.
We will be more accountable and transparent in the way we operate and make decisions under FOI legislation.
We will manage information within the framework of FOI, Data Protection and Public Records legislation.
FOI legislation is designed to make us more accountable and transparent in the way we operate and make decisions.
Information, training, operating policies and procedures will be available to States employees.
Approving your FOI request
In the case of ministerial departments, the process for answering your FOI may include escalating requests with a higher reputational risk, or anticipated public interest, to the relevant Departmental Director General, the Communications Director, the Chief Executive, and relevant Ministers. This is for information.
It is the legal responsibility of individual departments, as scheduled in the Law, to finalise and approve the response to your FOI request, and this is undertaken by relevant senior departmental officials, separate from the communication function.
Responses are then provided to the Central FOI Unit, who will provide the response to you.