Official Information Act 1982

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48 Protection against certain actions


Where any official information is made available in good faith pursuant to this Act,—


no proceedings, civil or criminal, shall lie against the Crown or any other person in respect of the making available of that information, or for any consequences that follow from the making available of that information; and


no proceedings, civil or criminal, in respect of any publication involved in, or resulting from, the making available of that information shall lie against the author of the information or any other person by reason of that author or other person having supplied the information to a public service agency or Minister of the Crown or organisation.


The making available of, or the giving of access to, any official information in consequence of a request made under this Act shall not be taken, for the purposes of the law relating to defamation or breach of confidence or infringement of copyright, to constitute an authorisation or approval of the publication of the document or of its contents by the person to whom the information is made available or the access is given.

Section 48: replaced, on 1 April 1987, by section 21 of the Official Information Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 8).

Section 48(1)(b): amended, on 7 August 2020, by section 135 of the Public Service Act 2020 (2020 No 40).