This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Official Information request 'Disputes Tribunal - privacy of proceedings - information relating to why hearings and/or decisions are not public'.

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24 March 2021 
Nick Coyle 
[FYI request #14799 email] 
Our ref: OIA 86312 
Dear Mr Coyle 
Official Information Act request: Privacy of Disputes Tribunal proceedings 
Thank you for your email of 1 March 2021 requesting, under the Of icial Information Act 
1982 (the Act), information regarding the Disputes Tribunal. Specifically, you requested: 
Would you please provide me with any information held by the Ministry, such as 
cabinet papers, reports to ministers, and internal memorandum, which relate to why 
hearings in, and decisions of, the Disputes Tribunal remain private contrary to the 

numerous recommendations from the Law Society to make them public?  
A response to your request is currently being prepared. However, some of the documents 
you have requested are not held on site and it wil  take us some time to retrieve the hard 
copies. Therefore, a response cannot reasonably be made within the original time limit. 
Accordingly, I am extending the time limit for response to this request by 20 working days 
under section 15A of the Act and wil  respond to you by 29 April 2021.  
You have the right under section 28(3) of the Act to complain to the Ombudsman about the 
decision to extend the time for responding to your request. The Ombudsman may be 
contacted by email at: [email address]. 
Yours sincerely 
Jenna Bottcher 
Manager – Ministerial Relations and Services