ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS
1 Short title
3 Duration of this Act
The Public Defender
4 Public Defender commission
5 Tenure of office of Public Defender
6 Disqualification for appointment, etc
7 Restriction on employment
8 Filling of vacancy
9 Remuneration of Public Defender
10 Pensions, etc
11 Appointment of staff
12 Oath of secrecy
Functions of Public Defender
13 Actions which Public Defender may investigate
14 Who may make complaint
15 Investigation by Public Defender
Process of Investigation
16 Procedure in respect of investigation
18 Restriction on disclosure of certain matters
19 Power to enter premises and retain documents
21 Secrecy of information
22 Accounts, etc
26 Remedy under any other provision of law unaffected
28 Provisions applicable where no leader of the Opposition
29 Repeal and savings
30 Transfer of employees of Ombudsman
THE PUBLIC DEFENDER (INTERIM) ACT
[Date of Commencement: 16th April, 2000]
33 of 1999
25 of 2002.
Preliminary (sections 1-3)
This Act may be cited as the Public Defender (Interim) Act.
In this Act-
(a) a Ministry, department or agency of Government;
(b) a Parish Council or the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation;
(c) a statutory body or authority;
(d) a company registered under the Companies Act, being a company in which the Government or an agency of Government holds not less than fifty-one per centum of the ordinary shares;
"Service Commission" means-
(a) the Judicial Service Commission established under section 111 of the Constitution;
(b) the Municipal Service Commission established under section 3 of the Municipal Service Commission Act;
(c) the Parish Councils Services Commission established under section 3 of the Parish Councils (Unified Service) Act;
(d) the Police Service Commission established under section 129 of the Constitution;
(e) the Public Service Commission established under section 124 of the Constitution; or
(f) the Teachers Service Commission established under section 5 of the Education Act.
This Act shall continue in force until provision is made in the Constitution of Jamaica for the establishment of a Public Defender in terms which preclude the alteration of that provision otherwise than in accordance with the procedures prescribed by or in relation to section 49(2) of that Constitution and shall then expire.
The Public Defender (sections 4-12)
(1) For the purpose of protecting and enforcing the rights of citizens, there is hereby established a commission of Parliament which shall be known as the Public Defender.
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