Public Records Act 2005

49 Prohibition on public access or copying

(1)

The Chief Archivist may prohibit the public from accessing or copying a public archive or protected record in his or her control for any period that he or she thinks necessary—

(a)

in the interest of preserving the public archive or protected record; or

(b)

pending the classification, repair, or other treatment of the public archive or protected record.

(2)

A prohibition on public access must be noted in the public access register, in accordance with section 19(1)(d).

(3)

The administrative head of a local authority may prohibit the public from accessing or copying a local authority archive for any period that he or she thinks necessary—

(a)

in the interest of preserving the local authority archive; or

(b)

pending the classification, repair, or other treatment of the local authority archive.