Commission for the Prevention of Corruption

Role/Mission

The Commission for the Prevention of Corruption is charged with the receiving , storing and investigating of statutory declarations pursuant to the Corruption Prevention Act 2000.

Functions of the Commission

  • To receive and keep on record statutory declarations furnished by public servants pursuant to the Act;
  • To examine such statutory declarations and to request from a public servant any information relevant to a statutory declaration made by him, which in its opinion would assist in its examination;
  • To make such independent enquiries and investigations relating to a statutory declaration as it thinks necessary;
  • To receive and investigate any complaint regarding an act of corruption;
  • To conduct an investigation into an act of corruption on its own initiative, if it is satisfied that there are reasonable grounds for such investigation.

What is Corruption?

A simple definition of corruption is the misuse of public office for private gain for the benefit of the holder of the office or some third party.

What is the Corruption (Prevention) Act 2000?

The Corruption (Prevention) Act 2000 was established to eliminate bribery and corruption within the government services. The act requires that certain categories of public servants make statutory declarations of their assets, liabilities and income. It makes provisions for the investigation of those government employees whose declared assets are not in keeping with their total emoluments. The Act is administered and enforced by the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption.

Who files Statutory Declarations?

All public servants who fall outside of the Parliamentary (Integrity of Members) Act whose total emoluments are Two Million Dollars or above, or those whose posts are listed in the regulations to file statutory declarations. Also any public servant or category of public servants, which the Commission requests in writing or by notice published in the gazette.

Who are considered as Public Servants

Under the Act “public servant” means any person:

(a) Employed –

i) in the public, municipal or parochial service of Jamaica;

ii) in the service of a statutory body or authority or a government company;

(b) who is an official of the state or any of its agencies;

(c) appointed, elected, selected or otherwise engaged to perform a public function.

“Public Function” means any activity performed a single time or continually, whether or not payment is received therefore, which is carried out by–

(a) a person for, or on behalf of or under the direction of a Ministry, Department of

Government, a statutory body or authority, a Parish Council, the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation or a government company;

(b) a body, whether public or private, providing public services;

(c) a Member of the House of Representatives or of the Senate in that capacity.

When are the delcarations to be filed?

All statutory declarations become due three months after the Regulations come into effect, or three months after the date of appointment of the public servant to a post, which requires the filing of a declaration. Also within three months after a public servant’s emoluments increase to Two Million dollars or more.

N.B. The Regulation became effective 31st JANUARY 2003.

Each successive declaration should cover the year ending 31st December and must be filed by the 31st March of the following year. A statutory declaration is also required whenever a public servant demits office. This is due at the end of twelve months from the last day in office.

Where are declarations to be files?

All declarations must be delivered to the Office of the Commission during normal office hours. Declarations may also be submitted by registered mail, post dated before the final filing date.

What is to be filed in the declarations?

The statutory declarations should include information on all assets, liabilities and income of the declarant, his/her spouse and children if they live with the declarant at any time during the period of declaration and should include all assets whether held locally or abroad. In addition all assets held on behalf of the declarant by his/her spouse or children who were not living with him/her during the period of the declaration. The declaration should not include information in relation to any gift received from relatives of the declarant, valuing less than $20,000.00.

 

Email Address: corruptionprevention@yahoo.com
Governing Legislation:  Corruption Prevention Act
Contact Numbers: 968-6227; 960-0470
Fax Number: 960-5617