Procedure for providing information
Responsible for ensuring freedom of information
The RA Prosecutor’s Office Division of Public Relations, head of the Division – Arevik Khachatryan
Tel.: +374(10). 511-527
Procedure and Methods of Receiving Information
Pursuant to Article 42 of the RA Constitution: Everyone shall have the right to freely express his or her opinion. This right shall include freedom to hold own opinion, as well as to seek, receive and disseminate information and ideas through any media, without the interference of state or local self-government bodies and regardless of state frontiers.
The procedure for inquiring information and responding to it is regulated by the RA Law "On Freedom of Information".
The procedure for a written request to receive information and a response:
The applicant does not have to justify the inquiry.
The answer to written inquiry shall be given in the following deadlines:
A written inquiry must be signed to include applicant’s name, last name, citizenship, place of residence, work or study (in case of legal persons: name, physical address).
A written inquiry is registered and processed as defined by the relevant legislation of processing civilian’s applications and appeals, separately from other types of administration.
A written inquiry remains unanswered if it is discovered that the information about the identity of the author is false, it is the second request within the last 6 months for the same information submitted by the same person, with the exception of the case envisaged by the law.
If the information holder does not possess the information sought or if the disclosure of that information is beyond its powers, than within 5 days after the written inquiry is filed, it must inform the applicant about that in a written form, and if it possible, also point out the information on the place and body, including archive, that holds that information.
If the information holder does not possess all the data on the inquired information, than it gives the applicant the part of the data, that it possesses and in case of possibility also points out in the written answer the information on the place and body, including archive that holds that information.
Procedure of Oral Inquiry
In case of oral inquiry, the applicant must in advance tell his name and last name. An answer shall be given to oral inquiry when:
The answer to the oral inquiry is given immediately after listening to the inquiry or within the shortest possible time frame. If the person making the oral inquiry is not telling his name, last name and/or the oral inquiry does not correspond to the conditions defined in the law, then the information holder can decline the oral inquiry.
Grounds and Procedure to Decline Information Request
Information request is declined when it:
If a part of the information required contains data, the disclosure of which is subject to denial, than information is provided concerning the other part.
Sample of an information request form
Dear Sir/Madam ____________________________,
Pursuant to the Articles 42 and 51 of the RA Constitution and Articles 6 and 9 of the RA Law "On Freedom of Information", amended in 2015, I would like to ask you to provide me information about ___________________________ (formulate the necessary information as clearly as possible).
Pursuant to Article 9 of the RA Law “On Freedom of Information” Citizens' written inquiry for information shall be answered within 5 days after receiving it, except for information requiring additional work (30-day period). Therefore, I ask you to respond to my inquiry for information in the manner and within the terms defined by the law.
In case of declining the information request, please inform me with a written answer about the ground for the refusal and, if possible, point out the address of the body to whom I can, direct the inquiry.
Please send the notification electronically or the hard copy thereof.
(I am ready to pay for the provision of information exceeding the limit stipulated by Article 10, Part 2 of the RA Law "On Freedom of Information").
Thank you in advance.
Name, Surname /signature/
PRINCIPLES OF THE ACTIVITIES OF THE PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE
Article 5. Publicity of the activities of the Prosecutor’s Office