The Access to Information Act 2002 is the
legislation enacted by the government of Jamaica to grant
the right of access to records in the custody of Government
Ministries, Agencies, Departments and Public bodies, to
groups, organizations and the ordinary Jamaican citizens.
This act aims to promote transparency, government
accountability and public participation in national
However, exception is made for documents and information
which fall into certain categories, which are designated by
the act as exempt and therefore not open to public scrutiny.
The provisions of the Access to Information act were
implemented on a phased basis. This started on January 2004
and culminated on July 5, 2005 with all government
Ministries, Agencies and public bodies implementing the act.
Access To Information Unit