By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The 2015 Budget Debates continued in the National Assembly with Attorney General Basil Williams going head to head with his predecessor, Anil Nandlall over the provision of legal services and government bills.
The Legal Affairs Minister in his presentation quoted Deuteronomy 31; verse 7-9 urging Members of Parliament to remain steadfast in their path. Williams stated that the former administration has left Guyana with several unpaid judgments, unfinished law review process and the acceptance of University of Guyana Law students into the Hugh Wooding Law School in limbo.
“Nandlall’s law revision of the Laws of Guyana which was both costly and mediocre…was replete with errors, some gaps – subsidiary legislation as well as regulations were left undone and the entire Act and many provisions have been left out,” said the Attorney General.
Williams however noted that the new government has already established a team of legal officials to remedy the situation. This team, he said, is headed by Justice Abdullah Zuru.
The Attorney General also spoke of plans to reform Guyana’s legislature with the aim of removing the backlog of cases in the Courts. He said the government will revisit and review paper committals which were intended to speed up Preliminary Inquiries in the Magistrates Courts.
“Justice in Guyana must be blind and colourless…criminals must not walk free because of incapacity in the administration of justice,” said Williams. A exchange of heckling between Nandlall and Williams was ever present during the debate of the two legal professionals.
Nandlall claimed that the budget was an “expensively and exquisitely rapped receptacle.”
The PPP Front Bencher stated that the Alliance For Change (AFC) has effectively undermined the role of the Legal Affairs Minister with the appointment of Nigel Hughes as the Head of the Constitutional Reform Steering Committee.