The Metropolitan Toronto Police Services Board (the Police) received a request under theMunicipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (the Act) for access to the dockets listing the names of the police officers charged under the Police Services Act (the PSA) for the period of 1986 to 1996. These dockets, posted daily outside the Trials Office in Police Headquarters, record the name, rank, badge number and alleged offence(s) relating to police officers scheduled to appear that day before the police discipline tribunal. The request was made by two journalists.

The Police denied access to the records, claiming that they fall within the parameters of section 52(3) of the Act, and therefore outside the scope of the Act

The journalists appealed the decision of the Police.