Commentary

FOI publication

The Commissioner is now in the final stages of preparing a comprehensive guide for practitioners on the interpretation of FOI law in Scotland. Under section 43 of the FOI Act, the Commissioner is required to promote good FOI practice amongst Scottish public authorities. The FOI handbook will be a key channel through which this requirement can be met, sitting alongside the ongoing publication of FOI guidance briefings, and the Commissioner's programme of practice assessments.

The FOI handbook will draw on Kevin Dunion's experience as Commissioner since he first took up post in 2003, two years before Scotland's FOI Act came into force. Now nearing the end of his second and final term in office, the publication will distil his extensive experience, providing guidance on how the legislation works in practice, and referring in detail to relevant FOI decisions and court rulings.

The handbook, which is due to be published by Dundee University Press in Autumn 2011, will be an important resource for public authorities, helping them to meet their FOI obligations and get their response to requests right first time.