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Parliamentary committee rejects PSOJ proposal for Integrity bill

Published:Wednesday | December 16, 2015 | 12:38 AM

A Parliamentary Committee has rejected the recommendation from the private sector to make it possible for people making false complaints under the Integrity Commission Act 2014 to be sued. 

The recommendation by the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) would have gone against a confidentiality clause in the bill and so a joint select committee of parliament rejected it.

Under the proposed law, a person who makes a false complaint would only be guilty of an offence.

Meanwhile, the committee argued that the Integrity Commission is protected from civil liability once it carries out its duties in good faith.

However, the Commission would not be protected if it acts out of malice or is grossly negligent.

In its report to parliament, the joint committee contended that the proposed bill is balanced.

The Integrity Commission Act has been crafted with a view to establishing a single anti-corruption agency as a Commission of Parliament, to be designated the Integrity Commission.

This single anti-corruption body is expected to take over the functions of the Integrity Commission, established under the Parliament (Integrity of Members) Act, the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption and the Office of the Contractor General.