Part IX: Public Standards

PART IX
PUBLIC STANDARDS

 Complaints Commission

105.—(1) There shall be a Complaints Commission for Montserrat, the composition, functions, operation and procedure of which shall, subject to this section, be prescribed by or under an Act of the Legislature.

(2) The functions of the Complaints Commission shall include, without prejudice to the jurisdiction of any court of law, encouraging the resolution of human rights complaints, maladministration complaints and other complaints prescribed by law, and assisting in their resolution, by providing an independent, fair and accessible process for resolving them.

(3) In the exercise of its functions the Complaints Commission shall not be subject to the direction or control of any other person or authority, subject to subsection (4).

(4) The Governor may, in writing, direct the Complaints Commission to inquire into, and report to him or her in relation to, a matter that can be complained about in accordance with subsection (2), and the Complaints Commission must comply with any such direction.

(5) In this section—

“human rights complaint” means a complaint of breach or infringement of a right or freedom referred to in Part I of this Constitution; and

“maladministration complaint” means a complaint of maladministration in the government of Montserrat.

 

Standards in public life

106.—(1) The Legislature shall maintain the highest standards in public life by enacting appropriate laws, which include sanctions that may accompany the failure to conform to such standards.

(2) In the exercise of their functions Ministers, members of the Legislative Assembly and public officers shall uphold and conform to the highest standards in public life, in accordance with the Integrity in Public Office Act 2010 (or any Act amending or replacing it) and the other laws in force in Montserrat..