FOI Fundamentals

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The Freedom of Information Law gives the public a legal right to see or obtain copies of records held by public authorities in the Cayman Islands. The Law's objectives are to promote accountability and transparency in Government decision-making and public participation.

Key fundamentals

  • A person does not have to give a reason for their request.
  • There is no requirement to state that a request for information is made under the FOI Law.
  • Although some records are exempt from the Law, the burden of proof is on the public authority to show why the record is exempt not on the applicant to show why it should be released.
  • Disclosure is the general rule, not the exception.
  • A public interest test must be applied in prescribed circumstances.
  • All persons have equal right of access.
  • The FOI Law does not require the creation of a document although it may require the collation of information.
  • Fees may be charged by public authorities, but they cannot exceed the actual cost of preparation, reproduction and communication of information. Fees are outlined in the FOI (General) Regulations.
Freedom Of Information Public Users Guide

Last Updated: 2008-11-20