The access to information book was published by LexisNexis in May 2016. The book is written by Ronée Michelle Robinson. Access to information is based on the right to access to information in South Africa.  The book focuses on the Promotion of Access to information Act (PAIA) and its application in South Africa.

What does it cover?

Although the book has a South African focus, the writer takes us on a trip around the world. Robinson touches on the right of access to information in various countries, including Canada, India, Australia, the UK, and the USA. In addition to the law, the access to information book also contains court cases up until January 2016. The book illustrates how the Act has been practically applied in South Africa.

Chapters included in this book are:

  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: Access to information in South African Law
  • Chapter 3: The structure of PAIA and the distinction between public and private bodies
  • Chapter4: Access
  • Chapter 5: Grounds of exclusion and Refusal
  • Chapter 6: Procedure upon refusal of access: appeal against decisions
  • Chapter 7: Foreign Legislation
  • Chapter 8: Conclusion

The book contains selected sections of the Act and also the latest case law on access to information. The table of statutes and the table of cases is a valuable resource.

What is included in the Access to Information book?

The right to access to information in South Africa and aboard. Although the main focus is around PAIA the author has a Chapter on how the right to access to information is applied in other countries. This gives the reader insight into how it is being done elsewhere.

The bibliography is a treasure chest for the right to access to information. You can easily refer to the bibliography for further guidance on a specific section.

The Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI) will have various effects on PAIA. This book also refers to the amendments that will happen once the POPI Act commences.

Who should read this book?

Lawyers, judges, advocates, attorneys, law lecturers and law students will find this book very useful. The book is appealing to non-legal people but it is not a one stop shop for your PAIA solutions. The book will help you understand the right to access to information and how the courts have applied PAIA and the Constitution practically. But, the access to information book does not replace advice from an attorney and legal solutions for your organisation.

How do you get a copy?

You  buy your copy of the access to information book from the LexisNexis online store and various other booksellers. LexisNexis are accepting pre-orders for the ebook.

If you are having trouble finding the book online. You can search the ISBN number, ISBN/ISSN: 9780409123395.

What else do you need?

Well, the book does not replace the services of an attorney. We offer various services like access to information law workshops, the drafting and the review of PAIA manuals, the appointment of your information officer in terms of PAIA and POPI.