By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – With Basil Williams being sworn in as the Attorney General (AG) and Legal Affairs Minister under the President David Granger APNU+AFC Administration, the Guyana Bar Association (GBA) has outlined some priority areas for the new AG to focus on.
Some members of the legal fraternity are queasy about the appointment of Williams as the Attorney General, but GBA President Ronald Burch – Smith congratulated his legal colleague on the appointment.
The Attorney told iNews during an interview on Thursday, May 21 that work would have commenced between the legal fraternity and the Former Attorney General but was however cut short.
He said that the work started under the previous administration should not go to waste.
“We have established a committee comprising a representative from his office and a few lawyers to make recommendations to having legislations being drafted, unfortunately before the Committee could report, Parliament went into recess…” said Burch – Smith.
The GBA President also indicated that there is currently an issue with respect to the Registrar of Lands, Juliet Sattaur that is “causing deep dissatisfaction” within the legal fraternity.
“Let me put it this way, before her appointment a certificate of title used to take between two days and a week and since her appointment…you really don’t know when you’ll get it…it takes weeks, it takes a year, five years so we are anxiously awaiting her replacement,” said Burch – Smith.
Another issue that the GBA President pointed out was the limited amount of space available for Guyanese Law students to complete their law degree at Trinidad and Tobago’s Hugh Wooding Law School.
The Law school had reduced the amount of Guyanese students it accepted annually to 25 citing that Guyana’s government did not contribute to the functionality of the institution.
“Unfortunately this has not been resolved so this is a very important issue,” contended Burch – Smith.