New Civil Procedure Rules for Supreme Court gets ‘major overhaul’


New Civil Procedure Rules for the Supreme Court were tabled in the National Assembly on Monday.

The Rules were laid by Attorney General Basil Williams on behalf of the Rules Committee headed by Chancellor of the Judiciary Justice Carl Singh and Chief Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards

Minister of Legal Affairs and Attorney General, Basil Williams
Minister of Legal Affairs and Attorney General, Basil Williams

According to the Government Information Agency, this is the first time since Guyana became independent that the High Court rules have been subjected to a major overhaul. The changes have brought the new rules in line with similar rules in the Caribbean.
It is understood that Consultants on the new rules would come from Canada shortly to conduct orientation sessions with lawyers and judicial officers. A team from the Caribbean Court of Justice is also expected to do Case Management sessions under the new rules.
The new rules are intended to simplify the processes to enable the courts to deal with cases justly and speedily.
The voluminous Rules and legal forms span 187 pages and contain procedures for settle civil matters and make payments both into court and out of court. This will help to ease clogging of courts by matters that could be settled.



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