S30: Investigations and proceedings conducted by public authorities


  • Information is exempt if :
      • it has been held at any time for the purposes of any investigation into whether a person/legal body should be charged with an offence, or is guilty of it;
      • it was obtained or recorded during an investigation by the University for the purposes of ascertaining whether a person is guilty of an offence;
      • it was obtained from confidential sources.
  • Qualified exemption therefore consideration of the public interest test is required, (however it is not necessary to demonstrate that disclosure of the information would cause prejudice, unlike exemption s31);
  • Duty to confirm or deny does not apply if this would in fact disclose exempt information;
  • The exemption covers information held at any time, and thus would include information describing an investigation that had been completed.
  • It is likely that there will be increased pressure for the release of information relating to disasters / large investigations that were previously covered in some detail by the media. The balance of the public interest will be tested.

Sources of further information

More detailed guidance notes about this exemption can be found by viewing the following links: