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Montserrat's Complaints Commission now in operation
Published on February 14, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Nerissa Golden

BRADES, Montserrat (GIU) -- The Complaints Commission in Montserrat held its first meeting on Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th February 2013 to review and discuss the legislation that will govern the operations of the commission.

The commission also prepared detailed legislative drafting guidelines to assist the attorney general’s office in the preparation of the rules of procedure for the guidance of the commission. These rules include the procedures for applying to the commission and the procedures to be observed by the commission in the hearing of complaints.

The commission estimates that all necessary rules of procedures will be in place by the end of March this year. However, until the procedures are in place, complaints may be made to the commission by way of a letter addressed to the Chairman of the Commission in care of the Constitution and Commissions Secretariat, Brades.

Complaints may be made in relation to acts of maladministration or in relation to breaches of human rights occurring in any ministry/department of the government of Montserrat or in any statutory authority or agency of the government of Montserrat.

The establishment of the Complaints Commission was one of the new entities introduced in the 2010 Constitutional Order for Montserrat.
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