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Court proceedings could soon be recorded electronically

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 December 2015, 21:00 by GxMedia

The High Court, Georgetown

Court proceedings could soon be recorded and transcripts provided if the National Assembly passes the Recording of Court Proceedings Bill No. 1 of 2014 which was tabled in the National Assembly on Thursday.

The Recording of Court Proceedings Bill, tabled my Attorney General Anil Nandlall, seeks to provide that proceedings in any court of law in Guyana shall be recorded by electronic or other means. Further, the Bill provides that the Registrar of the Supreme Court or the clerk of Magistrates ‘court, shall cause a transcript of the record of the proceedings to be prepared.

The latter shall be verified by certificates of those responsible for the accuracy of the recording of the proceedings. Access to the transcript and recordings may be provided upon payment of the requisite fee.
The Local Authorities (Elections) (Amendment) Bill No. 3 was also tabled repealing the previous Bill No. 2, because the contents of Bill No. 2 which was gazette, differed from the contents which were submitted to the Assembly. Hence, the Bill was resubmitted to the House.
The Bill seeks to amend the Local Authorities (Elections) Act to provide for the postponement of elections of councillors of local democratic organs. The Bill was tabled by Local Government Minister Ganga Persaud.