Section 55 - Mediation May be Authorized

Overview

Section 55 authorizes the Commissioner to appoint a mediator to investigate and to try to settle a matter under review.

Section Reference

Section 55 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act

The Commissioner may authorize a mediator to investigate and to try to settle a matter under review.

Policy

When a matter is not settled under this section, the Commissioner must conduct an inquiry under section 56 (Inquiry by Commissioner).

Interpretation

In most cases, the Commissioner will authorize a staff mediator to investigate and to try to settle matters under review. The mediator does not impose a settlement. Rather, mediation is intended to help the public body and the applicant arrive at a settlement before a formal inquiry is initiated.

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Last updated: July 26, 2007