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Bar Association calls for “speedy” activation of Judicial Review Act, despite Attorney General’s objections

The Guyana Bar Association (GBA) on Thursday urged the Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams to heed an order by Chief Justice Roxane George-Wiltshire to activate the Judicial Review Act, a move that could pave the way for ordinary citizens to seek redress against the State easily. “The implementation of the Judicial Review Act is of vital importance to good ...

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Attorney General Williams questions Chief Justice’s order to activate Judicial Review Act; Nandlall ready for appeal courts

Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams and Attorney-at-Law, Anil Nandlall- the man he took over from in 2015- may soon battle at the Guyana Court of Appeal over whether the High Court enjoys the right to order the Executive to activate the Judicial Review Act. Williams wants more time to hold consultations and possibly amend the Act ...

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Lawyers wrangle at Court of Appeal over urgency of oil contract case

The Court of Appeal on Tuesday began hearing arguments, though not yet substantive, on the High Court’s decision to throw out a case over whether oil companies- Hess and Nexen- are parties to the environmental permit granted to a local subsidiary of ExxonMobil to search for and extract oil offshore Guyana. Tuesday’s hearing’s centered over a request by applicant, Ramon ...

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Woman, charged for death of husband, granted bail

A woman, who admitted to being responsible for the death of her  husband, was Tuesday arraigned on a charge of manslaughter. Appearing before  City Magistrate  Daly, 28-year old Melissa Silas was not required to plea to the indictable charge and she was granted GY$200,000 bail. Silas has to return to court on June 18, 2018. Silas is accused of causing ...

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Chief Justice orders Legal Affairs Minister to operationalise Judicial Review Act

Chief Justice, Roxane George-Wiltshire on Monday ordered Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams to bring into force  the Judicial Review Act  (JRA)by July 31, 2018. The Bill was approved by the National Assembly and eventually signed into law by then President Bharrat Jagdeo 2010, but was never operationalised. Attorney-at-Law, Anil Nandlall, who got a temporary High Court order in December 2017, ...

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CCJ to rule on Guyana’s presidential term limits case before July 3

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) will before July 3 rule on whether Guyana’s presidential term limit is unconstitutional. President-elect of the CCJ,  Justice Adrian Saunders Thursday night told reporters briefly that the court’s decision  would be handed down before Sir Denis Byron demits office as President of the Court on that date. Saunders assumes the presidency on July 4. ...

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BREAKING: Guyanese Derrick Patterson pleads guilty to cocaine trafficking in Grenada; fined US$27,000

Forty-seven year old Guyanese, Derrick Patterson Thursday afternoon pleaded guilty in a Grenada court to cocaine trafficking. Appearing before Magistrate Tamera Gill, the Evaluation Supervisor admitted that he was in possession 2.325 kilogrammes of cocaine with a street value of 232,500 Eastern Caribbean dollars (approximately US$86,000 / GY$17,983,000). He was fined $75,000 Eastern Caribbean dollars (approximately US$27,752 / GY$5,789,000) forthwith or ...

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Guyanese man fined for cocaine-in-wheelchair in Grenada

The 71-year old Guyanese man, who was caught with cocaine in Grenada, was Thursday fined. Magistrate Tamera Gill fined Haniff Bacchus 50,000 Eastern Caribbean dollars to be paid immediately. If he fails to do so, he would have to serve three years imprisonment. The magistrate took into consideration Bacchus’ age, medical condition and the fact that he pleaded guilty and ...

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Updated with Audio+Video: High Court blocks Magistrates’ Court hearing of charges against Singh, Brassington

High Court Judge, Franklin Holder Monday morning blocked the Magistrates’ Court from hearing criminal charges of misconduct in public office against former Finance Minister, Ashni Singh and former Head of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited, Winston Brassington. Defence Lawyer, Anil Nandlal told reporters what the judge decided in the in-chamber proceedings away from the glare of the media ...

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