Lights, Judges, Access: How Active Judicial Review of Discretionary Decisions Protects Access to Government Information
28 Pages Posted: 4 Oct 2015
Date Written: January 1, 2013
This article discusses the role of judicial review in access to information regimes in Canada. It provides a review of recent court decisions that show how the Canadian courts are actively supervising the exercise of administrative discretion over access to information. It argues that although efforts to reform Canada’s access to information legislation have so far been met with limited success, the judiciary has provided significant and important scrutiny, providing a key means of enforcing access to information rights in Canada.
Keywords: access to information, freedom of information, canada, administrative discretion, judicial review, democracy
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