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Opposition Leader asks court to block Norton-Ali consultations for acting Police Commissioner

Opposition Leader Aubrey Norton on Friday asked the High Court to order that there be no consultations between Opposition Leader Aubrey Norton and President Irfaan Ali next week Monday on the appointment of Mr. Clifton Hicken as acting Police Commissioner until a case challenging the constitutionality of the Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC) is determined. “Pending the hearing ...

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Guyanese jurist tipped to become Belize’s next Chief Justice

Highly respected Guyana-born Justice Louise Blenman is tipped to be the next Chief Justice of Belize, according to a government statement from that lone Central American Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member state. The Belize government says no Belizean  was among the eight applicants for the job that was advertised locally, regionally and through the Commonwealth Secretariat, in apparent response to scathing ...

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PNCR challenges President’s failure to consult on appointing Chancellor, Chief Justice

Vice Chairman of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), Vinceroy Jordan on Wednesday moved to the High Court to challenge President Irfaan Ali’s failure to consult the Opposition Leader on making permanent the appointments of Chancellor and Chief Justice. Through his lawyers Roysdale Forde and Selwyn Pieters, Mr. Jordan wants the court to order the President to consult with the ...

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Despite Commission of Inquiry, State to continue prosecuting criminal charges against ex GECOM officials, others

Shadow Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Attorney-at-Law Roysdale Forde said the persons charged with electoral fraud would have to decide their next step in light of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (COI) into the 2020 general and regional elections. “There are persons charged who will decide on what is in there best interest. Every consideration will be taken ...

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Venezuela backs down and joins Guyana’s border case at ICJ but engages in delaying tactics- Foreign Ministry

The Guyana government on Wednesday criticised Venezuela’s objection to admissibility of Guyana’s case before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) as a move aimed at delaying a ruling , but at the same time said it marked that Spanish-speaking neighbour’s participation in the legal proceedings. The Foreign Ministry said it welcomed Venezuela’s decision to finally participate in the legal proceedings. ...

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Former policewoman to challenge DPP’s decision to quash private racial hostility charge against lawyer

An Afro-Guyanese former policewoman plans will be mounting a legal challenge against the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) decision to withdraw a private criminal charge of inciting racial hostility that she had filed against Indo-Guyanese Attorney-at-Law Nirvan Singh. Shawnette Bollers’ lawyer, Eusi Anderson, said the DPP should  have allowed the Magistrate Court to decide the fate of Mr. Singh. He ...

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Opposition parliamentarian asks High Court to scrap Clifton Hicken’s appointment as Police Commissioner

People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) executive member, Christopher Jones has asked the High Court to find that the appointment of Assistant Police Commissioner Clifton Hicken as acting Police Commissioner is unconstitutional. Instead, Mr. Jones said that the qualification to perform the duties of Commissioner of Police is the next most senior officer and that person should be Deputy Police Commissioner ...

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Policewoman files private racial hostility charge against lawyer

A policewoman has filed a private criminal charge under Guyana’s Racial Hostility Law. Woman Constable Shawnette Bollers, who is an Afro-Guyanese, filed the charge against Indo-Guyanese lawyer, Nirvan Singh. Chief Magistrate Ann Mc Lennan granted the lawyer $100,000 bail and ordered that he return to court next month. Particulars of the charge state that on March 20, he excited or ...

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Article 13 justifies call for confirmation of Chancellor, Chief Justice

The civil society pro-participatory governance organisation, Article 13, said the acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Yonette Cummings and acting Chief Justice Roxane George-Wiltshire should be confirmed because they have performed creditably. “They have obviously been in the system for years and years. Over the time, they would have given some excellent decisions. They would have given some decisions that were ...

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AG supports Bar Association’s call for new formula to appoint permanent Chancellor, Chief Justice

Attorney General Anil Nandlall is backing calls by the Guyana Bar Association (GBA) for a change in the constitutional method for the appointment of a substantive Chancellor and Chief Justice due to years of refusal by successive Opposition Leaders to approve the President’s choices. Noting that the constitutional reform process has started, he stayed clear of suggesting what the new ...

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