Conflict related inquest records
Each year PRONI receives many applications requesting access to conflict related inquest records.
From 28 October 2022, PRONI will be temporarily suspending the completion of Freedom of Information and the Court Files Privileged Access Rules requests, in the absence of the 'appropriate Northern Ireland Minister', that is the Minister for the Department for Communities.
The Department for Communities does not have the authority to complete the necessary consultation process with the Responsible Authority for transferred closed public records in the absence of a Minister, subject to section 15(5) and section 66(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).
Decisions to disclose information through the Court Files Privileged Access Rules (2016) were taken by the designated Minister for the Department for Communities. PRONI is therefore not able to progress these requests in the absence of a Minister.
PRONI will commence FOIA and Court Files Privileged Access Rules requests once a Minister has been appointed.
If you wish to make a complaint about the temporary suspension of FOIA requests, please contact the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).
Further information can be found on the FAQs Temporary Suspension page.
Information held by PRONI
PRONI holds the inquest records of over 3,000 people who died in the conflict. However, they don't have the records of all the inquests held during that period.
To find out if PRONI has the inquest record you are seeking, you can search PRONI's eCatalogue by inserting the person's name and the word inquest or report.
You can also email or write to PRONI to ask if they have the inquest record. Include the person's name. It's helpful if you also provide the date the person died, their last address or the date of their inquest.
Apply for access to inquest records
PRONI releases information under the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA) and the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA). Applicants can decide which process is most suited to their needs.
Access under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
Applications can be made for access to inquest records under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. If you apply for an inquest record under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the version of the record which is given to you will also be available for other people to see.
To make an application under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, contact PRONI in writing or by e-mail.
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