Ramotar increases number of Puisne judges to 20

President Ramotar has increased the number of Puisne judges to 20, a statement from Attorney-General and Minister of Legal Affairs Anil Nandlall said yesterday.

The decision was made after consulting the judiciary, and the order signed by the president was made under the High Court Act, Cap 3:02 and published in the Official Gazette on February 8 this year, the statement said.

Nandlall stated that the current complement of Puisne judges was wholly inadequate to cope with the volume of litigation engaging the justice system, and he made reference to Justice Desiree Bernard’s call in her farewell speech for an increase in the number of such judges. The AG expressed the hope that the appointments would assist in bringing a greater expeditiousness to the rate at which cases were heard and determined.

He went on to say: “We trust that those who are endowed with the high constitutional responsibility of recruiting candidates to fill the new vacancies, will discharge this responsibility with due care and circumspection in order to ensure that the new appointees are imbued with the requisite competence and integrity befitting the office to which they seek appointment. In this regard, we hope that quality will never be sacrificed for quantity.”

Nandlall described the increase in the complement of judges as another demonstration of the executive’s “commitment to adequately resourcing the judiciary and supporting its institutional strengthening in order to ensure that in the end, justice is delivered to our people efficiently, competently and with dispatch.”

More in Local News

Comments

About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning:

Most Read This Week

  1. Maxton Lawrie

    Essequibo rice farmer killed by sister in apparent act of self defence

  2. Tyrell Pershad

    Stewartville woman seeks answers after finding son dead at home

  3. Gailann Chacon

    Excavator operator killed, friend injured

  4. The wreckage of the bus after the accident

    Several injured after minibus topples during race on Regent St

  5. Boy, 14, released after questioning over cocaine in suitcase handles

  6. Another view of the bus

    Man dies after ‘racing’ crash on Regent St

  7. 14-year-old held with cocaine in suitcase handles

  8. Christian Thompson

    Welder dies in Puruni explosion


Recommended For You