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The Court Files Privileged Access Rules (Northern Ireland) 2016

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10.—(1) An applicant who meets any of the eligibility criteria set out at rule 3(1) who has been refused access to a court file under these Rules, may apply in writing to the Minister for a review of the decision to refuse access to that court file.

(2) An application for review under rule 10(1) must be made within one calendar month of the date of the Department issuing notification that all or part of a court file will not be released.

(3) An application for review under rule 10(1) must be on the grounds that—

(a)the process was not properly followed; or

(b)all of the relevant information was not available to the Minister at the time the decision was taken.

(4) An application for review under rule 10(1) must detail—

(a)confirmation of the applicant’s eligibility;

(b)the grounds for the review; and

(c)relevant information that was not available to the Minister at the time that the decision was taken.

(5) Prior to the Minister making a decision the Department shall consult the relevant authorities.

(6) The Minister may in respect of an application for review under rule 10(1)—

(a)dismiss the application; or

(b)allow the application and overturn the decision in whole or in part.

(7) The Department shall inform the applicant in writing of the Minister’s decision.

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