St Lucia

Parliamentary Commissioner

Mandate

Like those of the Classical Ombudsman – The Parliamentary Commissioner’s mandate is to protect individual citizens against abuse of administrative power and other forms of mal-administration.

Function

The function is to is to investigate:-

Any decision taken, or recommendation made including advice given or recommendations made to a Minister by any department of Government or officer of such department;
Any act done or omitted by any department of Government or officer of such department in the exercise of the administrative functions of such department;
Any such decision taken, or recommendation made, or act done or omitted by certain authorities, or officers of such authorities, in the exercise of the administrative functions of such authorities.
He also has authority to investigated members of the Police Service.

These authorities are:

Local Authorities (City, Town or Village Councils) of other bodies established for purposes of the public service or local Government;
Authorities or bodies – the majority of whose members are appointed by the Governor General or by a Minister or whose revenues consist wholly or mainly of monies provided out of public funds;
Any authority empowered to determine the person with whom any contract shall be entered into by or on behalf of the Government;

Such other authorities as may be prescribed by Parliament.

The office was established by Saint Lucia Constitution Order of 1978 and the Parliamentary Commissioner Act No. 12 of 1982. The Parliamentary Commissioner’s office was established November 16, 1981.

Contact Information

mapstan@hotmail.com, ombudsman@candw.lc

Parliamentary Commissioner
14 Micoud Street OR
Post Office Box 1139
Castries
St Lucia
Tel: + 758-452-5588; 758-453-7957
Fax: + 758-452-3997