Access to Information Act (2002) – The Citizen’s Right to Know

The Access to Information Act (2002) grants citizens and other persons with the legal right to obtain access to an official government document, other than an exempt document, which would otherwise be inaccessible.

The Act aims to reinforce fundamental democratic principles vital to:

  • greater accountability of government to its people;
  • an improved, more transparent government;
  • increased public influence on and participation in national decision making

Making your Application

To apply for access to official documents under the Actcomplete an application form (download form here) or write a letter (See sample letter) requesting the information desired. Applications may also be made by email, telephone, fax or by visiting the Ministry of Justice.

You must be as specific as possible in your application and state that the documents are being requested under the Access to Information Act. Ensure that your contact details such as telephone numbers and email addresses are included in your application as this will facilitate easier access to you. 


Documentation, Information and Access Services Branch

Ministry of Justice 

61 Constant Spring Road, 

Kingston 10