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Courts

“Length of metal” cannot determine legitimacy of parliamentary acts- says Judge, in dismissing opposition’s Natural Resource Act case

The High Court on Monday dismissed an opposition case that had sought to challenge the legitimacy of the passage of the Natural Resource¬† Fund Act on the basis that the parliamentary mace had been removed by angry parliamentarians who had sought to block debate on the Bill because there was no consultation. “The absence of the mace in the National ...

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BREAKING: Appeal Court stays suspension of ExxonMobil’s Liza 1 operations, orders US$2 billion clean-up deposit

The Guyana Court of Appeal on Thursday ordered a stay of a High Court suspension order of the Liza 1 operations if ExxonMobil does not provide an unlimited financial guarantee for any clean-up that may be caused by an oil spill. Noting that there was a reasonable prospect for success of an appeal, Justice of Appeal Rishi Persaud also ordered ...

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Boundary gerrymandering will impact on APNU at local govt elections

The People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR)-led A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) said it would not win a majority of the Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) in the June 12 Local Government Elections (LGE) because several constituency boundaries have been merged to its disadvantage. “We will not a get an overall victory in terms of the number of NDCs but we ...

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‘C Island Hotel’ legally sold, signature of seller was not forged- High Coirt

Guyana’s High Court on Friday ruled that the once well-known ‘C Island Hotel’ was legally sold for GY$50 million after a majority of fingerprint experts testified that the then owner’s signature on the sufficiently crafted agreement of sale was not forged, paving the way for the transport to be passed to the new owner. The court found that ‘C Island ...

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Pilot on bail after pleading innocent to trafficking in persons charge

Guyanese pilot and businessman, Orlando Charles, is on GY$1.3 million bail after he pleaded not guilty to trafficking in 16 Venezuelans, police said. He appeared virtually before Bartica Magistrate, Crystal Lambert on Wednesday, May 31, 2023 and pleaded not guilty to all of the charges. Mr Charles was granted GY$1,328,000 bail and ordered to return to court on June 14 ...

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High Court dismisses APNU’s Local Govt constituency boundaries case

Efforts by A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) to convince the High Court to postpone or cancel the June 12 Local Government Elections (LGE) because a number of constituency boundaries would be to that party’s electoral disadvantage on Wednesday failed after the High Court dismissed the case. Chief Justice Roxane George-Wiltshire said the court could not concern itself with the ...

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APNU’s Chief Scrutineer provided no proof voters list is flawed- High Court

The High Court on Tuesday ruled that A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) Chief Scrutineer, Carol Smith-Joseph failed to provide hard and credible evidence the voters list is flawed and could not be used to extract the separate voters list for the originally scheduled local government elections. “It does appear that relying on unsubstantiated and inadmissible evidence, the applicant is ...

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Opposition’s case to stop Local Govt polls over boundaries too late; billions already spent- Attorney General

Attorney General Anil Nandlall has asked the High Court to be made a party to an opposition case that seeks to postpone the June 12, 2023 Local Government Elections (LGE) by challenging 37 constituency boundaries in 19 local government areas, saying that lawsuit was filed too late and that already government has spent GY$2.9 billion to prepare for the polls. ...

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Jagdeo, Nandlall defend right to “fair comment” on court decisions

Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo and Attorney General Anil Nandlall on Thursday said they have a right comment on court decisions, in the wake of a stinging condemnation by the Guyana Association of Women Lawyers (GAWL). Hours after that association criticised Mr Nandlall for commenting on Magistrate Leeron Daly’s dismissal of a misconduct in public office case against then Finance Minister ...

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Guyana Association of Women Lawyers roasts Attorney General for criticising Magistrate’s decision

The Guyana Association of Women Lawyers (GAWL) on Thursday “strongly” condemned criticisms of Magistrate Leron Daly for dismissing a case of misconduct in public office against former Finance Minister Winston Jordan, sparked off by Attorney General Anil Nandlall’s statement that the ruling was contrary to an unchallenged High Court decision in an almost identical matter. “GAWL takes this opportunity to ...

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