EU ruling means that Irish students can get copies of their Leaving Cert scripts 2 months ago

EU ruling means that Irish students can get copies of their Leaving Cert scripts

For the first time, you can also take a photo of your Leaving Cert scripts.

Students who sat their Leaving Cert will be allowed get a copy of their written Leaving Certificate answers or recording of their oral tests.

In comes following a December ruling by the European Court Justice.

In 2009, Peter Nowak, a student with Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI), asked to view his exam scripts in order to determine whether to challenge his result.

However, the CAI turned him down and said that exam papers did not constitute data under data protection legislation.

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Nowak challenged the ruling with the data protection commissioner, which was also rejected, as was a legal challenge to the Circuit Court and High Court before a Supreme Court hearing ruled the matter should be referred to the ECJ.

The ECJ finally ruled last December that the content of exam papers did in fact make for personal data.

As a result, Leaving Certificate students can also photograph their marked exam script when viewing them to decide whether to appeal a grade. This can happen when you're viewing them at the end of the month to decide whether to appeal a grade.

However, you will not be able to photocopy the exam script during the viewing.