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Ministry of Justice

Freedom of information policy

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We are responsible for freedom of information policy in the UK.


The Freedom of Information Act 2000 came into force in January 2005 and gives any person the legal right to ask for and be given any information which is held by a public authority.

We develop the framework for the Act to be enacted properly by public authorities, providing them with guidance and best practice. We also develop guidance for requesters to ensure that they are able to easily use and understand the Act.

Read our freedom of information guidance section

Making a freedom of information request

If you would like to request information from the Ministry of Justice under the Freedom of Information Act then please visit Make a Freedom of Information request