THE ACCESS TO INFORMATION ACT JAMAICA No. 21— 2002 I assent, (L.S.) H. F. COOKE, Governor-General. 22nd day of July, 2002. AN ACT to Provide members of the public with a general right of access to official documents and for connected matters. [ The date notified by the Minister bringing the Act into operation ] BE IT ENACTED by The Queen’s Most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Representatives of Jamaica, and by the authority of the same, as follows:— Short title and commencement. 1. This Act may be cited as the Access to Information Act, 2002, and shall come into operation on a day to be appointed by the Minister by notice published in the Gazette. PART I. Preliminary 2. The objects of this Act are to reinforce and give further effect to certain fundamental principles underlying the system of constitutional democracy, namely— (a) governmental accountability; (b) transparency; and (c) public participation in national decision-making, Objects of Act. by granting to the public a general right of access to official documents held by public authorities, subject to exemptions which balance that right against the public interest in exempting from disclosure governmental, commercial or personal information of a sensitive nature. 3. In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires— Interpretation. "appointed day" means the day appointed pursuant to section 1; Prepared by the Access to Information Unit Jamaica Archives & Records Department Office of the Prime Minister © Government of Jamaica 2003

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