Log In

Reset Password

Information Commissioner hits milestone of 100 decisions

Gitanjali Gutierrez, the Information Commissioner (File photograph)

Bermuda’s Information Commissioner has marked a milestone of 100 decisions since the island’s Public Access to Information legislation came into force in 2015.

Gitanjali Gutierrez said she hit the century on January 28 after she released decisions on requests to the Ministry of Health headquarters and the Cabinet Office.

She added: “The publication of the 100th decision is a milestone in the development of Pati rights in Bermuda.

“It is an important reminder that the Pati Act gives the public a right to access public records within Bermuda’s Pati framework.”

Ms Gutierrez said Pati helped “level the playing field between the public and government”.

She explained: “The rights under the law empower the public with information on public spending, policies, resources and other issues facing our country.

“Key to the Pati framework is the independent and impartial oversight of the Information Commissioner that can result in legally binding decisions.”

Ms Gutierrez added that the Information Commissioner had to ensure access to public records when the Pati requester is entitled to them.

She said: “Equally important, when access to public records is denied, the Information Commissioner serves as an independent check to ensure that the refusal by the public authority is lawful under the Pati Act.

Ms Gutierrez praised her staff and said they acted with “integrity and dedication”.

She added that in both of the latest decisions, she ruled on “the failure of the public authorities to conduct an internal review and issue a decision within the six-week time frame prescribed in the Pati Act”.

Ms Gutierrez said: “During the Information Commissioner’s reviews, the health ministry headquarters and the Cabinet Office provided the applicants with an internal review decision and, as such, were not required to take further action.”

You must be Registered or to post comment or to vote.

Published February 07, 2022 at 3:53 pm (Updated February 09, 2022 at 9:23 pm)

Information Commissioner hits milestone of 100 decisions

What you
Need to
1. For a smooth experience with our commenting system we recommend that you use Internet Explorer 10 or higher, Firefox or Chrome Browsers. Additionally please clear both your browser's cache and cookies - How do I clear my cache and cookies?
2. Please respect the use of this community forum and its users.
3. Any poster that insults, threatens or verbally abuses another member, uses defamatory language, or deliberately disrupts discussions will be banned.
4. Users who violate the Terms of Service or any commenting rules will be banned.
5. Please stay on topic. "Trolling" to incite emotional responses and disrupt conversations will be deleted.
6. To understand further what is and isn't allowed and the actions we may take, please read our Terms of Service
7. To report breaches of the Terms of Service use the flag icon