How to appeal to a tribunal against a decision by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) on an information request.
What you can appeal against
You can appeal to a tribunal if you disagree with an ICO decision on your freedom of information request - eg if you’re denied access to the information.
You can also appeal against an ICO fine or enforcement notice for breaking the rules around:
- freedom of information
- data protection
- environmental information
- privacy and electronic communications
Your case will be dealt with by a tribunal in the General Regulatory Chamber.
The tribunal is independent of the government, and will listen to both sides of the argument before reaching its decision.
Time limits for appealing
You must appeal within 28 days of when you received the decision notice from the ICO.
If you miss the time limit, you can ask for more time to appeal. Explain why you are late, and the tribunal will decide if it can still accept your case.
How to appeal
Fill in the notice of appeal form.
Include the ICO’s decision notice and any other relevant documents.
Clearly say why you think the ICO’s decision was wrong.
Send the form to firstname.lastname@example.org or:
General Regulatory Chamber
PO Box 9300
Telephone: 0300 123 4504
Tribunal staff can give you general guidance on how the process works, but they cannot give you legal advice.
What happens next
The tribunal will write to you about the next steps.
Find out more about tribunal hearings and decisions.
List of current cases
New cases are listed on the register of current cases.
Search the decisions database to see how judges made decisions in previous cases.
Legislation and rules
You can find the right to appeal to the tribunal in the following laws and regulations:
- section 57 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000
- sections 28 and 48 of the Data Protection Act 1998
- regulation 18 of The Environmental Information Regulations 2004
- The INSPIRE Regulations 2009
- The Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulation 2003
- The Data Protection (Monetary Penalties) (Maximum Penalty and Notices) Regulations 2010
Read detailed rules on how your case will be handled in the General Regulatory Chamber procedure rules.