[www.inewsguyana.com] – The question of the appointment of the Chancellor of the Judiciary and the Chief Justice remains a sore point and government will have to find a way to address this issue, according to Attorney General (AG) and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams.
Speaking with the media, following a publicised statement that the government will be advertising for these positions overseas, the AG noted that there is only vacancy and that is the Chancellor’s position.
He pointed out that in seeking to fill these positions, President David Granger, then Opposition Leader, had indicated that Guyana should advertise in the region and abroad, in an attempt to have a holistic approach to the question of independence of the judiciary.
“It is something that we are working on and we will have to continue looking at it,” AG Williams said. He noted that it is provided for in the constitution, that those positions would be filled by agreement.
“At the onset it was not difficult because we could have agreed on the position on who should be Chancellor, who should be Chief Justice but, as you know after that, it became untenable,” the AG noted.
President of the Guyana Bar Association, Christopher Ram when asked about the association’s take on the subject, explained that they have not taken a position on this particular issue, but “… it’s certainly one that requires addressing and the Attorney General himself said that it is a matter being addressed, and we support that,” he said. [Extracted and modified from GINA]