CCJ Itinerant Sittings In Guyana

Caribbean Court of Justice

Press Release

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CCJ) — The full bench of the Caribbean Court of Justice will travel to Guyana for the first time for itinerant sittings from the 17th to 19th February 2014.

The sittings will be held at the Guyana International Conference Centre (GICC) in Liliendaal, and will include a special sitting of the Court in honour of the retirement of the Hon. Mme. Justice Désirée Bernard CCH, OR, Judge of the CCJ bench. This will be the third itinerant sitting of the Court, with previous sittings being held in Barbados in April 2012, and Jamaica and Barbados in March 2013.

The Court views these itinerant sittings as important to ensuring that it is accessible to the people of the Caribbean Community which it serves. The Court’s visit will begin with appellate jurisdiction hearings on Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th February 2014, when three (3) matters which originated in Guyana will be heard.

During its visit to Guyana, the Court will also facilitate a Judicial Education Workshop for the Judiciary of Guyana from 2.00pm to 5.00pm at the GICC on Monday 17th. The workshop aims to present themes on the improvement of justice delivery. This workshop will be led by the President of the Court, the Rt. Hon. Sir Dennis Byron and CCJ Judge, the Hon. Mr. Justice Adrian Saunders. The culmination of the Court’s itinerant visit will be the special sitting in honour of the retirement of the Hon. Mme. Justice Bernard, on Wednesday 19th at the GICC from 10.00am. The full bench of the CCJ will sit, along with the Hon. Mr. Justice Carl Singh, Chancellor of the Judiciary of Guyana. Various members of the local and regional legal fraternity have been invited to attend. Addresses will be made to the Court by The Hon. Mr Mohabir Anil Nandlall, Attorney General of Guyana, His Excellency Irwin LaRocque, Secretary General of CARICOM, Professor Harold Lutchman representing the RJLSC, Mr. Oswald Barnes, representing the CCJ Board of Trustees, Mr. Ronald Burch-Smith, President of the Guyana Bar Association, and Ms. Simone Morris-Ramlall, President of the Guyana Association of Women Lawyers. Public Education and Communications Unit: Email:

The Court Sittings from Monday 17th to Wednesday 19th are open to the members of the public to attend. Additional information on the matters which will be heard, and the special sitting of Court can be obtained from the Court’s website;

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