Courts allow most claims under Public Information Act
The overwhelming majority of claims lodged with the courts against failure to respond to an information request are successful. Since 9 May 2011 when the Law on Access to Public Information came into force, administrative courts have considered 24 civil claims over failure to provide response. In 20 of them the courts found in favour of the claimant. In the other four cases, those holding the information were able to convince the court that the information had been provided.
The information is provided by lawyers from the Institute for Mass Information monitoring the effect of the Public Information Act.
Where failure to provide the required information is proven, the Law envisages disciplinary and administrative liability, including fines for specific officials.