To ensure that proper legal services are provided to the Government; to provide statutory services to the public relating to the public trust and bankruptcy matters; and to register titles, mortgages, companies, societies and other bodies as well as other documents, as required by the law.
Press Release - 6th April, 2017.
VISIT BY TEAM FROM THE US DEPARTMENT OF STATE’S ENERGY GOVERNANCE AND CAPACITY INITIATIVE TO THE HONOURABLE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND MINISTER OF LEGAL AFFAIRS TO REPORT ON ITS DELIVERABLES UNDER ITS WORK PLAN.- April 05, 2017, Government, Ministry of Legal Affairs, News, Press Releases.
The Honourable Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Mr. Basil Williams S.C M.P. on Wednesday April 5, 2017 at 1:00 pm met with the team from the US Department of State’s Energy Governance and Capacity Initiative (EGCI).
The team explained that they are committed to building infrastructural and institutional databases as well as to providing technical assistance to countries that are in the early stages of developing an oil and gas industry. The team has committed to assisting in the oil and gas initiative as well as making observations on existing practices. The team hopes to subsequently make recommendations based on their observations to further achieve this goal.
The team has agreed with the Attorney General that an excellent regulatory framework is needed for the petroleum industry. This should be complemented by specialists in every field including specialist accountants. The E-governance Bill will bear directly on the petroleum industry.
The Attorney General mentioned that the Government of Guyana is committed to developing the oil and gas industry by utilising highly trained specialists and experts. The Attorney General alluded to the recent appointment of Dr. Jan Mangal as the Adviser on Petroleum to the President.
The Attorney General also mentioned that the Guyana Government intends to establish a sovereign wealth fund to enable the country to obtain long-term investment and financial benefits from it oil and mineral resources. The fund will significantly benefit the country’s economy and citizens.
The team will be in the country from to report to the Government of Guyana on its deliverables under its work plan, among other things.
STAFF TRAINING ON THE NEW CIVIL POCEDURE RULES 2016 COMMENCES AT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S CHAMBERS - Press Release - 30th March, 2017
STAFF TRAINING ON THE NEW CIVIL POCEDURE RULES 2016 COMMENCES AT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S CHAMBERS .
The Honourable Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs has on Wednesday March 29th 2017 commenced training for the staff within the Attorney General’s Chambers on the new Civil Procedure Rules 2016.
The training is being done in several sessions over the next few weeks and will give the legal staff an in-depth look at the Rules with a view to enabling them to make optimal use of their contents both in Court and while drafting local legislation.
Last December the Attorney General, as part of his sensitization objectives, hosted a one day training session where State lawyers and some judges were given a brief introduction to the Rules.
The in-house training sessions are being led by the three senior members of the Chamber’s Drafting Division namely the Chief Parliamentary Counsel Mr. Charles Fung-A-Fatt, SC, who is the head of the Division, and Justice Abdullahi Zuru and Mrs Dhurjon, Consultants in the Division. Legal Staff from both the Drafting and Litigation Divisions are attending.
Young attorney receives Government of Guyana Prize - The Guyana Chronicle - 29th March, 2017.
Young attorney receives Government of Guyana Prize - By admin - March 29, 2017.
Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister, Basil Williams presenting Latoya Roberts with the Guyana Government Prize – a collection of the Guyana Law Reports.
NEWLY-MINTED attorney-at-law, Latoya Roberts on Wednesday received the Government of Guyana Prize for being the best graduating Guyanese Law Student at the Hugh Wooding Law School based in Trinidad.
Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister, Basil Williams, presented the prize to the young attorney during a ceremony at his office. Roberts was adjudged the best graduating student for 2016.
Inspired by Direll Gittens, a youth leader in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, whom Roberts described as a father figure in her life, the young woman opted to study law in Sixth Form at President’s College, making a complete switch from the business stream she pursued while attending the North Georgetown Secondary.
She was not only well-spoken, but had a natural tendency for arguing and Gittens thought that that skill could have been best used in the field of Law. Her road to success, however, was a rough one but that did not stop her. “But all those experiences shaped her into who she is today,” the Attorney General said, noting that Roberts has truly lived up to her mother’s mantra that “Education is a means by which one can escape poverty.”
In 2004, Roberts, who hails from Vreed-en-Rust on the West Bank of Demerara, graduated as the valedictorian of her class after excelling in nine subjects at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations. At President’s College, she was also the best graduating student. “In 2006, she then entered the University of Guyana to read for the LLB degree and in 2010 she graduated with the coveted LLB Degree from the University of Guyana. As she did not immediately have the finances to attend the Hugh Wooding Law School, Roberts opted to work and save to acquire the funds to continue her legal studies,” the Attorney General stated.
She gained employment at the Business School as a Programme Coordinator and subsequently at School of the Nations as a Language and Literature Teacher. In 2014, with support from her family and friends and even members of her church, the then 27-year-old, who was raised by her single-parent mother, commenced studies at the Hugh Wooding Law School reading for the Legal Education Certificate. She graduated in 2016 as the best Guyanese Law Student.
According to the Attorney General, Roberts, who describes herself as a “country-girl” certainly made her mark academically through perseverance and unequivocal dedication to her religious belief.
He added: “Latoya’s journey has certainly been filled with obstacles and trials, but in the end her dream became her reality,” Minister Williams noted.
Roberts told reporters that she is now in private practice. “That affords me the opportunity to dabble in all of the areas of law. So I get to basically taste before I decide (on which area to specialise,” she said. Asked for her take on the establishment of a law school here, Roberts said it was something she dreamt of while studying. “Definitely cost wise it would be a lot cheaper for many students like myself who see the cost as a major barrier to attending Law School,” she pointed out, noting too that a law school here would allow for students to have greater support from their family and friends.
There is no such thing as too many lawyers, Roberts posited as she dismissed critics who are of the opinion that establishment of a school here would saturate the system. She said “if guided correctly and in the right direction,” there will always be a need for lawyers. Roberts also called for lawyers to specialize and in doing so make the field more diverse.
The Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University of the Caribbean (UCC) and Law College of the Americas (LCA) for the establishment of a law school here.
Press Statement - 29th March, 2017.
VISIT BY SOCIAL IMPACT/USAID MONITORING AND EVALUATION TEAM TO THE HONOURABLE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND MINISTER OF LEGAL AFFAIRS. -GINA - 27th March, 2017.
VISIT BY SOCIAL IMPACT/USAID MONITORING AND EVALUATION TEAM TO THE HONOURABLE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND MINISTER OF LEGAL AFFAIRS.
The Social Impact/USAID Monitoring and Evaluation Team are presently conducting vigorous monitoring and evaluation of the system to track and support the attainment of project objectives.
The evaluation aims to ensure that program interventions are evidence-based and both USAID and the government of Guyana learn from the approaches utilized and the reforms enacted.
The YES program will support the reduction of youth involvement in crime and violence in targeted communities in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean, with particular focus on Guyana, St Kitts and Nevis, and St. Lucia.
The team, which consisted of Dr Dianne Williams, Reform Study Lead, Ms Lily Hoffman, Project Researcher, and Ms Caroline English, Evaluation Field Coordinator, met with the Attorney General and staff from the Chambers’ Drafting Division, Mr Charles Fung-A-Fatt SC, Chief Parliamentary Counsel, Mrs Ananda Dhurjon and Justice Zuru, Drafting Consultants with the Division and Ms Joanne Bond, Senior Parliamentary Counsel.