On May 10, 1990, the Ministry of the Solicitor General (the "institution") received a request for access to all information pertaining to the death of a named individual.
Prior to making its decision, the institution notified four affected persons, pursuant to section 28(1) of the Act. Two of these persons consented to release of the parts of the record which contained information relating to them, while the other two objected to disclosure.
On August 2, 1990, the institution advised the requester that partial access to the requested record would be given. On September 4, 1990, 86 pages (1-35, 38, 42, and 50A-99) were released to the appellant in their entirety; two pages (36 and 37) were withheld in their entirety; and eleven pages (39-41 and 43-50) were released with severances. The institution claimed sections 14(2)(a), 19, 21(1)(f), 21(3)(b) and 21(3)(d) of the Act as the basis for denying access.
On August 16, 1990, the requester appealed the head's decision to this office.
The Appeals Officer obtained and reviewed a copy of the record. The 13 pages at issue are police officers' notes and witness statements relating to an investigation into the death of the individual named in the appellant's request, all of which were created on March 29, 1981.
Mediation of the appeal was unsuccessful, and the matter proceeded to inquiry. Notices of Inquiry were sent to the institution, the appellant, the two persons who did not consent to the release of the information relating to them, and a third person identified during the course of mediation as having an interest in the outcome
of the appeal (the "affected persons"). Written representations were received from the appellant and the institution, but none were submitted by any of the affected persons.