Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

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.

Under the Act "public servant" means any person: Employed- in the public, municipal or parochial service of Jamaica; in the service of a statutory body or authority or a government company; who is an official of the state or any of its agencies; 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 therefor, which is carried out by - 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; a body, whether public or private, providing public services; a Member of the House of Representatives or of the Senate in that capacity.

Yes, Section 4(5A) gives the Commission the authority to require any public servant to furnish a statutory declaration at anytime

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 31" JANUARY 2003. Each successive declaration should cover the year ending 31•1 December and must be filed by the 31•1March of the following year.

A statutory declaration is required whenever a public servant demits office either through retirement or by resignation. This is due at the end of twelve months from the last day in office

All declarations must be delivered to the Office of the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption during normal office hours, 8:3oam - 5pm. Mondays- Thursdays and 8:30 - 4pm on Fridays. Declarations may also be submitted by registered mail. !)OS! dated before the final filing date

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. The declaration should not include information in relation to any gift received from relatives of the declarant, valuing less than $20,000.00.

Any intentional violation of the provisions of the Act, including, but not limited to, failure to file, failure to include assets, liabilities and income or misstatements of these assets, liabilities and income is an offence punishable by imprisonment for not more than two years or by a fine not to exceed $200,000.00, or by both imprisonment and fine.

The statutory declarations, letters and other documents submitted with them are regarded as secret and confidential under the Act. Any communication or attempted communication of a declarants’ information to an unauthorized person is punishable by imprisonment for not more than three years or by a fine of up to Five Hundred Thousand Dollars or both.

There is no statute of limitation on the filing of declarations. Unfiled declaration remain outstanding until filed

Yes, once you were required to file a statutory declaration at January 31, 2003 it remains outstanding until it is filed

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