DPP to sue information commissioner over release of letters concerning lawyers’ fees
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has launched legal proceedings against the Information Commissioner after it ordered the release of letters concerning lawyers’ fees.
The DPP does not believe that letters to the DPP from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform should be published under the Freedom of Information Act as that legislation exempts the DPP.
The DPP is appealing the watchdog’s decision in the High Court on the basis that the Department’s correspondence with the DPP should be covered by that exclusion, The Irish Times reports.
The letters sought from the Department by The Sunday Times under FOI legislation are all letters about increases in fees to barristers and solicitors prosecuting criminal cases.