Section 77 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 makes it a criminal offence if someone, following receipt of a request, "alters, defaces, blocks, erases, destroys or conceals" a record held by a public authority with intent to prevent disclosure of information to which the applicant is entitled. All the components of such an offence would need to be proven beyond reasonable doubt by a court. The Information Commissioner, in giving evidence to the Justice Select Committee, suggested that it was very "difficult to make a section 77 offence stick". The Information Commissioner noted that the difficulty was not because they had not had evidence of "obstruction or the destruction of material after requests have been made", but because a prosecution must be brought within a 6 month time period in the Magistrates Court. No prosecutions have been brought. The Justice Select Committee has recommended that the offence should also be capable of being tried in the Crown Court which would take away the 6 month limitation for charging someone. It also recommended that if a matter is heard in the Crown Court that a higher fine than the current £5,000 be available in order to "send a clear message to public bodies and individuals contemplating criminal action."