[www.inewsguyana.com] – Attorney General Basil Williams has recommitted, on the APNU+AFC government’s behalf, to breaking the deadlock over the appointment of a consensually agreed Chancellor and Chief Justice.
Williams says the government also intends to keep its elections promise and bring an end to the practice of appointing governing party cronies to the Magistracy and Judicial Bench.
The AG told members of the media, gathered at his office on Wednesday, that the government is looking for someone to appoint as Chief Justice, since acting CJ Ian Chang’s will retire in February.
He explained that Chang has accumulative leave and may proceed off the job before that time.
Chang has been acting in the CJ’s position for a decade now along with the Chancellor of the Judiciary, Carl Singh.
Williams explained that before a person is appointed substantively to any of the two positions, consultations between the President and Opposition Leader will need to take place.
“But that person who acts in his position until his retirement would have to be a person appointed by the President following consultation with the Opposition Leader,” Williams said.
He refused to say who the persons currently were being looked at to fill the positions by the government.