Hosting of CLE meetings comes at important juncture in Guyana’s development – AG Williams

─ President Granger to deliver feature address at formal opening of CLE meetings on September 7

─ Guyana hosting meetings for fifth time

─ Chairman of CLE to chair meetings from September-6-8

DPI, Guyana, Monday, September 3, 2018

Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Basil Williams, SC., today said the hosting of the Executive Council (EXCO) and Council of Legal Education (CLE) meetings is happening at an important time in the country’s economic and social development.

This is Guyana’s fifth time hosting the meeting slated for September 6-8 at the Marriott Hotel, Kingston, Georgetown. Previous CLE meetings were hosted in 1975, 1981, 1987 and 1994.

Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams, SC. And Strategic Communications Coordinator-DPI, Namela Henry.

AG Williams noted that Guyana has played a pivotal role in the formation of the CLE in 1971 and is party to the agreement establishing the CLE together with the CARICOM member states Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, the University of the West Indies and the University of Guyana.

The Attorney General, during the meeting of CLE last year in Trinidad, suggested that Guyana host the EXCO and CLE meetings.

These meetings will be chaired by Reginald Armour SC., Chairman of the CLE and will see the attendance of Heads of Judiciaries, Attorney-Generals and Heads of Bar Associations of CARICOM countries.

Participants have confirmed attendance at the meetings, where a number of matters pertinent to the legal system in Guyana and the region are expected to be discussed, including the establishment of the JOF Haynes Law School.

The Attorney General has assured that preparations are well underway for both meetings. Guyana’s team will comprise Chancellor of the Judiciary (ag), Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards, the Attorney General, Head of the Bar Association, Kamal Ramkarran and Robin Stoby, SC.

During the evening of September 6, the Honourable Lloyd Barnett OJ Lecture Series will be conducted by Justice Duke Pollard, former judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).

President David Granger is expected to deliver the feature address at the formal opening of the meetings on September 7, with AG Williams and Justice Cummings-Edwards delivering welcome remarks. 

By: Stacy Carmichael.

Image: Delano Williams.

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