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Access to Information denied as Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited applies for Judicial Review

Jamaica Environment Trust | 2015-07-13 00:00:00

Despite an order of the Appeals Tribunal of the Access to Information Act that the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) release to the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) documents related to the Falmouth Cruise Ship Pier, access has been denied yet again, pending legal action.

In September 2012, JET requested the Ground Lease Agreement and the Piers Usage Agreement between the PAJ and Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited with regard to the Falmouth Cruise Ship Pier.  Access to these documents was denied on the basis that they contained confidential information of a commercial nature which would prejudice the interests of the parties. JET filed an appeal under the ATI Act to the Appeals Tribunal, contending that the confidential information could be redacted and the rest of the documents provided.  

The appeal was heard in November and December 2013 and almost two years passed before the Tribunal's decision was handed down in April 2015.  The order directed that the PAJ release the documents requested to JET and specified what information was to be redacted.  Despite the Tribunal’s decision, the documents were not provided.  

JET was recently advised by the PAJ that Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.  has applied for and received permission to proceed with Judicial Review of the Tribunal's decision. An order was also made that the permission operate as a stay of the Tribunal’s decision for release of the documents while the judicial review is being litigated.

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