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Access to Information Act (No. 21 of 2002)

The objects of this Act are to reinforce and give further effect to certain fundamental principles underlying the system of constitutional democracy, such as governmental accountability, transparency, and public participation in national decision-making, by granting to the public a general right of access to official documents held by public authorities.

Right to access information (Section 6)

Every person shall have a right to obtain access to an official document, other than an exempt document

Obligated entities (Sections 3 and 5 (1))

Public authority means: a Ministry, department, Executive Agency or other agency of Government;  a statutory body or authority; the Council of the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation; any Government company; among others.

Time limits to provide the information (Section 7 (4) (a))

30 days after the date of receipt of the application, that may be extended for other 30 days.

Active transparency (Section 4)

Public authority shall cause to be published the information specified in the First Schedule, which is:  a description of the subject area of the public authority; a list of the departments and agencies of the public authority; the title and business address of the principal officer;   manuals or other documents containing interpretations, rules, guidelines, practices or precedents;  among others.

Appeal procedures (Sections 30 and 32)

An applicant for access to an official document may apply for an internal review of a decision by a public authority. The decision is appealable to the Appeal Tribunal.