Making an appeal to the Commissioner

If you're still unhappy after the review stage, you can make an appeal to the Commissioner, as long as it is within six months of receiving your review response.

Covid-19 FOI UpdateAn important message from the Commissioner's office about coronavirus Covid-19

Like many other Scottish public authorities, the office of the Scottish Information Commissioner has been impacted by the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic. Though our office premises are temporarily closed in line with government guidance, most of our services are still available. We are carrying out investigation work on appeals during the pandemic, using secure remote systems.

Appeal Online

This is the best way to make an appeal. It gives you help in real time, explaining exactly what we need so the Commissioner can investigate your case quickly.

***FOI requests between 7 April 2020 and 26 May 2020***

Please note that this portal does not take into account the temporary changes made to FOI law between 7 April and 26 May 2020 by the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act, which temporarily extended the maximum timescales in which a public authority could respond to a request for information, from 20 to 60 working days.

If your request for information or request for review was handled between these dates, visit for more information. In such cases you may also wish to submit your appeal to us in another format. See below for more information.

In all other circumstances, the appeal portal remains the best way to appeal to us.

Other ways to appeal

If you do not want to use the online appeal portal, see Other ways to Appeal.

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