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Background

The Integrity Commission was established by the Integrity in Public Life Act No.14 of 2007.
 
Purpose
The purpose of the Commission, in accordance with the Integrity in Public Life Act No.24 of 2013, is to improve governance through ensuring integrity in public life, to obtain declarations of assets, liabilities, income and interests in relation to persons in public life and to give effect to the provisions of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption, (IACAC) which Grenada signed on to on 15th January, 2020; and the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) to which Grenada acceded on 1st April 2015, . Implemented by the Prevention of Corruption Act No.15 of 2007, as amended. Revised Laws of Grenada - Chapter 252A.
 
Role & Function
The Commission was established to ensure that public officials uphold high standards of integrity in the performance of their public functions and also to give effect to the provisions of The Inter-American Convention against Corruption. It will assist in improving the standards of good governance, transparency and accountability in government.
 
The law provides for the Integrity Commission to receive and verify the accuracy of declarations of financial affairs from public officials; to investigate complaints of impropriety, corruption and misconduct by public officials; and for prosecution of persons found guilty of crimes according to the Acts.
 Its functions are to:
  • Carry out those functions and exercise the powers pursuant to the provisions of the Integrity in Public life  Act No.24 of 2013 and the Prevention of Corruption Act No. 15 of  2007;
  • Receive and examine all declarations filed pursuant to the provisions of the Act;
  • Make such inquiries as it considers necessary in order to verify or determine the accuracy of a declaration filed pursuant to the provisions of this Act; 
  • Receive and investigate complaints regarding any alleged breaches of the provisions of this Act or the commission of any suspected offence under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act, Chapter 252A;
  • Investigate the conduct of any person falling under the purview of the Commission which, in the opinion of the Commission, may be considered dishonest or conducive to corruption;
  • Examine the practices and procedures of public bodies; 
  • Instruct, advise and assist the heads of public bodies with respect to changes in practices or procedures which may be necessary to reduce the occurrence of corrupt practices; 
  • Carry out programmes of public education intended to foster an understanding of the standard of integrity;
  • Perform such other functions and exercise such powers as are required pursuant to the provisions of this Act.
The first Members of the Commission were sworn into Office in January of 2010, for a period of three years.
 
Members of the first Commission were:-
  • Justice Lyle St Paul - Chairperson
  • Lady A. Anande Trotman-Joseph - Deputy Chairperson
  • Mr. Henry Joseph
  • Mrs. Michelle Steele
  • Mr. Robert Robinson
  • Mr. Francis Darius
  • Mr. Bertie Hill
Mr. Joseph resigned and was replaced by Mr. Ronald Peters in February of 2012. The remaining members were reappointed in November of 2012, for a further period of two years.
 
In December of 2010 office space was identified for the Commission. In April of 2011 a Facilitator/Secretary was assigned to advance the establishment of the Office and the Commission’s administrative work commenced.
 
The Integrity in Public Life Act No. 24. of 2013 repealed the 2007 Act. Proclamation date October 03, 2013.

Core Values

Mission Statement

To actively implement the requirements of the Integrity in Public Life Act No. 24 of 2013, to impact the overall reduction and elimination of corruption in Grenada’s Public Sector, through professional and committed personnel and the independent and consistent application of required procedures.

 

Vision Statement

To become a fully operational, well respected and independent entity, whose operations achieve the establishment of a Public Sector managed by persons in public life who demonstrate the highest levels of integrity.

 

Core Values

Confidentiality - Given the sensitivity of private information, confidentiality is of paramount importance. Members of the Commission and staff are sworn under oath, to secrecy and confidentiality, at the risk of penalties for disclosure (IPL sections 19.39, 47).

Security - The Commission regards security and safekeeping of sensitive information in its custody as a matter of paramount importance, and in accordance with the requirements of the Acts, provision is made for security and safekeeping of such information.

Impartiality - The Professional Commission should be impartial and independent. (Section 12 (2)).

Service - The Commission recognizes its responsibility to serve with integrity the people of Grenada.

Organisational Structure

Commissioners

The present members of the Commission with effect from February 16th 2019:

Lady Avril Anande Trotman-Joseph – Chairperson

Lady A. Anande Trotman-Joseph is an Attorney-at-Law with over 32 years of legal experience. She holds a Masters Degree in Law and Development, and Post-graduate certificates in Hemispheric Defence Strategy and Utilities Regulations Strategy. 

Lady Trotman-Joseph is a founding member of the Commission, since its inception in 2010 and was elected its Deputy Chair, a post she held until assuming the Chairperson’s role.

She is the Immediate Past Chair and remains an Executive Member of the Commonwealth Caribbean Association of Integrity Commissions and Anti-Corruption Bodies (CCAICACB)

A former Solicitor General of Grenada, she is the Managing Partner of the Law Firm of Joseph & Joseph.

Locally, regionally and internationally she is recognised for her work in the areas of gender equality, rule of law, transformational leadership, sustainability and anti-corruption advocacy. She is the President of the Caribbean Women in Leadership and trains and mentors women in public leadership across the Caribbean.

She is published on Constitution Reform in the Caribbean, and co-authored the UNICEF funded multi country Study on Juvenile Justice in the Caribbean.

She is a concert soloist, and published poet. She is married to Dr. Sir Lawrence Joseph, and is a mother and grandmother.

 

Mr. Robert Robinson – Deputy Chairperson

Robert Robinson is one of the founding members of the Commission, since its inception in 2010. He was nominated by former Prime Minister Tillman Thomas. He was also a member and Treasurer of the inaugural executive of the CCAICACB where he served for two terms.

Married with three children and grandchildren, Mr. Robinson had a long and illustrious career in the Public Service in Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago, spanning well over thirty years.

He has vast experience in industrial relations and served as a Director with the Employers Consultative Association of Trinidad and Tobago. As a result of his expertise, he was appointed as Labour Adviser to the Government of Grenada and is presently an Industrial Relations Consultant.

 

Mr. Bertie Hill - Commissioner

Bertie Hill, is one of the founding members of the Commission, from its inception in 2010.

He is the representative for the Alliance of Evangelical Churches of Grenada.

Commissioner Hill worked as a Biomedical Equipment Technician and retired from that position after seventeen years of service. Prior to his work as a Technician, Commissioner Hill had a long and rewarding career in the field of commerce.

He has been a very active and committed Christian, serving as an Elder at the St George’s Baptist Church for well over twenty years, and is engaged in providing community service through his membership of various groups.

Commissioner Hill is the father of three children, a grandfather, and great-grand father.

 

Mrs. Oforiwa Augustine - Commissioner

Mrs. Oforiwa Augustin joined the Commission in November 2013, as the representative for the Conference of Churches of Grenada.

Commissioner Augustine is an Attorney-at-Law, with over thirty-five years’ experience.

She was a law lecturer and practiced law in the United Kingdom for a period of ten years, prior to coming to live in Grenada.

Here she served as a Magistrate within the Western Magisterial District, for fifteen years, and is a Member of the Public Service Appeal Tribunal.

Commissioner Augustine is presently engaged in private legal practice. She has two children and four grandchildren.

 

Ms. Jasmine Redhead - Commissioner

Jasmin Redhead joined the Commission in February 2019 and has been appointed to serve for a period of two years, as the Attorney-at-Law on the Commission.

Commissioner Redhead is an Attorney-at-Law, in practice, and has been admitted to the bar in both Grenada and New York. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Family Law.

While residing in New York during 1996 to 2009, her area of focus was seeking alternatives to incarceration in the city’s criminal justice system for juvenile offenders and working in Family Courts. She currently works as the in-house Attorney for Grenada’s Legal Aid and Counselling Clinic and also serves as an Adjunct Lecturer, in Law, at the T. A. Marryshow Community College.

She has co-authored a number of legal books, including the Grenada Advanced Level CAPE Law Series.

She has one daughter who is also an Attorney at Law.

 

Mr. Winston James - Commissioner

Winston James joined the Commission in February 2019, and has been appointed to serve for a period of two years, having been nominated by Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell.

Commissioner James has served the nation of Grenada for well over forty-seven years in various capacities of law enforcement. He had an illustrious Public Service career in law enforcement and received law enforcement and management training from educational institutions in the United Kingdom, China, Cuba and the United States of America. He retired from the Public Service as the Commissioner of Police.

He is an ardent farmer and loves his dogs. Commissioner James is married with children and grandchildren.

Stakeholders

The work of the Commission cannot be accomplished in a vacuum and as such it has surrounded itself with allies who will work with the Commission in monitoring, uncovering, educating and mitigating all aspects/reports of corruption in public bodies. This body of stakeholders is called the IC Round Table.

 

Commonwealth Caribbean Association of Integrity Commissions and Anti-Corruption Bodies (CCAICACB)

Grenada hosted the inaugural conference of the Commonwealth Caribbean Association of Integrity Commissions and Anti-Corruption Bodies (CCAICACB) in June 2015, which was funded by the Commonwealth Secretariat
 
The second annual conference was held in Trinidad and Tobago Feb/March 2016. Grenada’s executive membership was extended for another year.
 
The third annual conference was held in Jamaica - April 24th - 28th, 2017.

 

CCAICACB Constitution

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Why was the Commission established?

    The Commission was established to ensure that public officials uphold high standards of integrity in the performance of their public functions and also to give effect to the provisions of The Inter-American Convention against Corruption. It will assist in improving the standards of good governance, transparency and accountability in government.

    The law provides for the Integrity Commission to receive and verify the accuracy of declarations of financial affairs from public officials; to investigate complaints of impropriety, corruption and misconduct by public officials; and for prosecution of persons found guilty of crimes according to the Acts.

  • What qualifies persons to be members of this Commission?

    Persons appointed to the Commission are to be persons of high integrity who are capable of exercising competence, diligence, sound judgment, confidentiality and impartiality in fulfilling their duties under the Acts.
    Further, these persons:
    must not be affected by bankruptcy action;
    must not have been convicted of an indictable offence;
    must not have been convicted of an offence pursuant to the provisions of the Acts;
    must not be a person in public life other than as a member of the Commission;
    must not be a member of the House of Representatives or of the Senate;
    must not during the three years preceding appointment, have held office in a political party;
    must not be otherwise disqualified to be a member of the House of Representatives.
  • How does a person vacate office?

    A member other than the Chairperson, may resign in writing through the Chairperson to the Governor General and from the date indicated, that person ceases to be a member of the Commission.

    The Chairperson may resign in writing to the Governor General and from the date so indicated, that person ceases to be a member of the Commission.


    A member of the Commission is taken to have vacated office if the member:
    a. resigns the position on the Commission;
    b. cannot continue as a member of that Commission having become disqualified as earlier out;
    c. is absent without the permission of the Commission, from three consecutive meetings of the Commission and has not given due notice;
    d. dies;
    e. is appointed as a public officer;
    f. takes up an appointment in a political party;
    g. is nominated for election as a representative in the House of Representatives or in the Senate.
  • How is a person removed from the Commission?

    A person may be removed from the Commission for inability to exercise functions under the Acts, whether from infirmity of mind or body or any other cause or for misbehaviour.

    To remove a person, the Governor General, after consultations with the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition, appoints a Disciplinary Tribunal to conduct an inquiry into the matter and report and recommend to the Governor General.

  • Who Controls the Commission?

    The Commission, in the exercise of its duties under the Acts is not subject to the direction or control of any person or authority.
  • What is the definition of a child?

    A child is a person under the age of eighteen years who:
    normally resides with the applicant, whether or not the child is a child of the applicant and the respondent, or either of them;
    is an adopted child, a stepchild, a child who is treated as a child of the family;
    is related by consanguinity or affinity, to either the applicant or the respondent:
    is in the care and protection of the applicant or the respondent;
    is a person of whom either the applicant or the respondent is a guardian; or
    is, or was, a member of a shared household; and is not a person who is, or was married.
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The purpose of the Commission, in accordance with the Integrity in Public Life Act No.24 of 2013, is to improve governance through ensuring integrity in public life, to obtain declarations of assets, liabilities, income and interests in relation to persons in public life and to give effect to the provisions of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption, to which Grenada is a signatory.
 

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