$606.072M approved for Ministry of Legal Affairs

GINA, GUYANA, Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The Ministry of Legal Affairs’ and the Attorney General’s Office’s 2017 estimates were approved today in the Committee of Supply during consideration of the estimates and expenditures.

The 2017 capital expenditure for the Ministry are as follow:

  • Justice sector programme $60M -this is to provide support to the Criminal Justice System and entails:

–   Provision for alternative sentencing and interventions

–   Strengthening of probation services

–   Design and implementation of Restorative Justice Programme

–   Implementation of case management and court scheduling system

–   Training of judges and magistrates in the use of alternative to pre trail detention

–   Law reform

  • Strengthening the Criminal Justice System -$10.126M. This allocation is to complete the project which was started by the Canadian Justice Education Society. It will be used for:

– Final training course and coaching in January;

–   Training of Guyana Police Force officers

–  Three day coaching of Magistrates

– Magistrates’ seminar on critical thinking and increasing legal knowledge in Crime   Scene Investigation, ethics, standard operating procedures, etc.

– Monitoring of results in each sector by Canadian experts

– Drafting of final report in May 2017

– Procurement of equipment (which was procured in 2016)

  • Ministry administration – $15M. This includes:

– Monitoring and Evaluation survey to garner information on Public Sector agencies within the Justice Sector and the public’s perception to these agencies

– Purchase of equipment and furniture for outfitting the Law Reform Commission

  • State solicitor $1.427M– This caters for :

-Legal fees: including paying judgements and special prosecutors

-Law school payments


-State Assets Recovery (SARA) sensitisations

-Commission of Inquiry Payments


By; Tiffny Rhodius


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