Freedom of information

Guide to information available through our publication scheme

The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (the Act) requires Scottish public authorities to produce and maintain a publication scheme. Authorities are under a legal obligation to:

  • publish the classes of information that they make routinely available
  • tell the public how to access the information and what it might cost.

The Scottish Law Commission has adopted the Model Publication Scheme 2011 produced by the Scottish Information Commissioner. He has approved this scheme until 31 May 2019.

The purpose of this Guide to Information is to:

  • allow the public to see what information is available (and what is not available) in relation to each class,
  • state what charges may be applied
  • explain how to find the information easily
  • provide contact details for enquiries and to get help with accessing the information
  • explain how to request information we hold that has not been published

Availability and formats

The information we publish through the model scheme is, wherever possible, available on our website. We offer alternative arrangements for people who do not want to, or cannot, access the information online or by inspection at our premises. For example, we can usually arrange to send information to you in paper copy (although there may be a charge for this).

Exempt information

We will publish the information we hold that falls within the classes of information below. If a document contains information that is exempt under Scotland’s freedom of information laws (for example sensitive personal information or a trade secret), we will remove or redact the information before publication and explain why.


Where the Commission holds the copyright in its published information, the information may be copied or reproduced without formal permission, provided that:

  • it is copied or reproduced accurately
  • it is not used in a misleading context, and
  • the source of the material is identified

The material we publish is usually subject to Crown copyright.  You may re-use this information (excluding logos) free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government Licence. To view this licence, visit or email:

Where the Commission does not hold the copyright in information we publish, we will make this clear.  Where we have identified any third party copyright information you will need to obtain permission from the copyright holders concerned.

Charges for the information

Website – there is no charge for the information that is available on our website.

Email – there is no charge for information that is provided electronically.  your request for information.  Include the words "publication scheme" in the subject heading.

Post – If you ask for information that is available on our website to be provided in paper format, it may be necessary to make a charge.  Each case is considered separately.  For example, there may be a charge of 10 pence per page if a large amount of photocopying is required, or if the cost of postage is high.  We would tell you how much it would cost to provide paper copies of the information you have requested.

Contact us

You can contact us for assistance with any aspect of this publication scheme:

Freedom of Information

Scottish Law Commission

140 Causewayside

Edinburgh EH9 1PR

Tel 0131 668 2131


We will also advise you how to ask for information that we do not publish or how to complain if you are dissatisfied with any aspect of this publication scheme.

Classes of information that we publish

We publish information that we hold within the following classes.  Once information is published under a class, we will continue to make it available for the current and previous two financial years. Where information has been updated or superseded, only the current version will be available.  If you would like to see previous versions, you may make a request to us for that information.

  • about the Commission
  • how we deliver our functions and services
  • how we take decisions and what we have decided
  • what we spend and how we spend it
  • how we manage our human, physical and information resources
  • how we procure goods and services from external providers
  • how we are performing
  • our commercial publications