The following is a list of the ATI Requests received for the period January 2004 – September 2016.
The Access to Information Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister invites High School students in Jamaica to participate in its annual National High School Essay Competition.
Topic: “The Access to information Act (2002) is playing a significant role in improving accountability and transparency in Jamaica.” Discuss
Period: September 28, 2016 – January 31, 2017
Launch: September 28, 2016
When Due: January 31, 2017
Award of Prizes: Winners will be announced in the month of February, 2017. Prizes will be awarded in March, 2017.
Who: All Registered High school students.
Purpose: This contest is sponsored by the Access to Information Unit and the Access to Information Advisory Stakeholders Committee and is designed to give Jamaican youth the opportunity to become more aware of the Access to Information Act (2002)
Essay Length: 1600-1800 words typed and double-spaced. (Title, footnotes and bibliography are not included in the final word count).
How to Enter: Entries must be sent to:
Access to Information Unit,
5-9 South Odeon Avenue, Kingston 10
Prizes: The essay competition will award first, second and third place winners with $50,000, $30,000 and $20,000 respectively. The winners will also be presented with ATI Unit Trophy, ATI Advisory Stakeholders Committee Trophy and ATI Association of Administrators Trophy.
Judges: A panel of at least three judges but no more than five judges will be selected. It will comprise representatives of the ATI Stakeholders Committee, Access to Information Association of Administrators, the ATI Unit and any other judge as decided by the ATI Unit.
Essay Contest Rules
A double-blind scoring system will be used to judge essays submitted. This system is designed to make the process of judging as easy and impartial as possible.
The following system will be used to judge the essays:
How well does the essay reflect a thorough comprehension of the issues involved in the essay topic?
Does the argument follow a logical and easily understood progression? Does corroborating evidence support the essay’s main points?
Use of diverse resources, including interviews; Creative angle on the issue
Correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, concise language.
Compliance to format and length rules
Total Points = 100 points
6.1 Essays will not be returned. They become the property of the ATI Unit. The Unit may reprint essay in part or in full and use as it deems necessary. Credit will however be given to the author.
6.2 The administration of the contest including determining the eligibility of a participant or essay, standard of essays and awarding of prizes is within the absolute discretion of the ATI Unit.
6.3 The ATI Unit assumes no responsibility for loss, delayed or incomplete entries as a result of postal delays or technical malfunctions.
First-place: ATI Trophy and $50,000 cash
Second-place: ATI Advisory Stakeholders Committee Trophy and $30,000 cash
Third-place: ATIAA Trophy and $20,000 cash
The following is a list of the ATI Requests received for the period January 2004 – November 2015.
The Access to Information Regulations, 2003.
The Access to Information Act, 2002.
Act to Amend the Access to Information Act.
Refining Requests: Facilitating Better Responsiveness to ATI Applications.
Inside the Access to Information Appeal Process.
The Access to Information Act (2002) Towards a culture of openness.
Fees are payable for the reproduction of documents. You are not required to pay if you wish to view, inspect or listen to the document. Cost for reproduction may be obtained from the relevant government entity.
The following is general information on the Appeal Tribunal & Secretariat.
The following is a directional guide to the use of the Access to Information Act, 2002.
The following is general information on the Access to Information Act Appointed Day Notice
The following is general information on the Access to Information (Public Authorities) Order, 2004.
The following is general information on Public Interest as it relates to the Access to Information Act.
The following is general information on the Joint Select Committee to review the Access to Information Act (2002).
The following is general information on the Public Authority.
The following is a list of Agencies of the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service.
Where an official document containing personal information about you is incomplete, incorrect, out of date or misleading, and is used or is available for use by a government entity for administrative purposes, this application form may be used to have the document amended or annotated.
To apply for access to official documents under the Act, complete the application form below or write a letter requesting the information desired. Be as specific as possible in the Application i.e. describe the subject matter of the records and, if known, indicate the dates of the records, the places where they originated, and the names of the originating persons or offices.
Applications may also be made by email, telephone or fax.