Government Information (Public Access) Act

What should you do if you wish to obtain certain information from an administrative authority such as a Municipal Executive, a minister or a body governed by public law, but the authority in question refuses to divulge the information?

Under the Government Information (Public Access) Act (Wet openbaarheid van bestuur), an administrative body is obliged, when requested to do so, to supply members of the public with information on administrative matters held on file. Government information is always deemed to be public, unless the Act or any other legislation states that the information in question is not suitable for publication.

We will be pleased to advise you on how best to gain access to any government documents you wish to obtain. We can submit a notice of objection on your behalf or, if your objection is overruled, instigate proceedings before an administrative court. Whatever the case, we will do our very best to get hold of the information you’re after.

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