The Ministry of the Attorney General (the institution) received a request for access to any "wiretap application" records relating to the requester. The institution responded by advising the requester that the existence of any records could neither be confirmed nor denied in accordance with section 14(3) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (the Act).
The requester appealed the institution's decision.
Mediation was not possible in the circumstances, and the matter proceeded to inquiry. Notice that an inquiry was being conducted to review the institution's decision was sent to the appellant and the institution. Enclosed with each Notice of Inquiry was a letter intended to assist the parties in making representations concerning the subject matter of the appeal. Representations were provided by the institution. Although the appellant did not submit formal representations, his letter of appeal includes statements in support of his position.