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Fire rekindles urgency for digitising court records- DPP

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Attorney-at-Law Shalimar Hack said almost all case files and other criminal records were saved from Saturday’s fire at the building housing her chambers, but the blaze rekindled the urgent need to digitise the system. “It is something I have been asking for for years now to digitise the system. This shows the wisdom in ...

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The Caribbean’s Blenman legal “dynasty” continues as siblings are admitted to practice in Guyana

Two siblings- Mr. Delonte De Clou and Ms. Ama De Clou- were Monday admitted to  practice in Guyana, marking what Chief Justice Roxane George-Wiltshire remarked appeared to be a Blenman ‘dynasty’ in the legal profession. “Both of you are fortunate in that I want to think that there is a Blenman-De Clou dynasty in the making. We have other legal ...

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Caribbean Court signal’s displeasure with Guyana DPP’s powers to direct magistrates to recommit accused persons

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on Thursday frowned heavily on what they regard as the power of Guyana’s Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to direct a court to recommit an accused person for fresh proceedings. “Whether the DPP is pr is not a member of the executive, to me it does not detract from the fact whether a court ...

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Murder accused Marcus Bisram asks CCJ to declare law on DPP’s role unconstitutional

Murder accused United States-based Guyanese, Marcus Bisram on Thursday asked the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) to declare as unconstitutional a section of the Criminal Law Offences Act that allows the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to direct a magistrate to recommit a person to a retrial even if the courts find that there has been insufficient evidence. Through his ...

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Seven City Treasury Department staff fired

Seven staff members of the Georgetown City Council’s Treasurer’s Department have been fired for alleged gross misconduct. The Local Government Commission says the decision was made unanimously to summarily dismiss the workers, following an internal probe while they had been sent on leave. “At the conclusion of the investigation, it was determined that the seven individuals were direct participants in ...

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Establish Judicial Service Commission to appoint more judges- Ramkarran

Former House Speaker, Senior Counsel Ralph Ramkarran on Sunday urged government to swiftly establish the Judicial Service Commission and that steps be taken to appoint more High Court judges and increase the required number of judges  for the Court of Appeal in an effort to deal with the backlog of cases. “In addressing the issue of the shortage of judges, ...

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High Court rules that Constitutional agencies’ budgets must go to Finance Minister

The High Court on Monday ruled that the budgets of all constitutional agencies must be sent to the Finance Minister to determine if the National Treasury can afford the amounts requested because sending them directly to the National Assembly violates the constitutional role of the Executive. “In keeping with the independence of these agencies, the Court ruled that the budgetary ...

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High Court refuses to temporarily block COVID-19 vaccination measures

High Court Judge, Fidela Corbin-Lincoln on Friday refused to grant an injunction to block the COVID-19 vaccination and PCR testing measures or declare that government that the measures are invalid because the President and the Minister of Health have exceeded their authority. Justice Corbin-Lincoln said she could not grant a temporary declaration because that would mean having to go into ...

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Attorney General wants Police Service Commission case thrown out

Attorney General Anil Nandlall on Thursday signaled that government would be asking the High Court to throw out the case in which the the Police Commissioner Nigel Hoppie has refused to issue a special order for the promotion of 139 officers who have been named by the Police Service Commission (PSC). Mr. Nandlall told the court, presided over Justice Gino ...

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High Court might strike out President as respondent in Police Service Commission case

High Court Judge, Gino Persaud on Monday hinted that he  might strike out President Irfaan Ali as a respondent in a case brought by the Police Service Commission (PSC) in a case that challenges the Guyanese leader’s suspension of that body. “There is no private act in the performance of functions,” the judge said. Justice Persaud has set September 16 ...

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