The question of the appointment of the substantive Chancellor of the Judiciary remains a sore point and government will have to find a way to address this issue, according to Attorney General (AG) and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams.
Williams has clarified that there is only one vacancy and that is the Chancellor’s position. The Acting Chancellor of the Judiciary is Chief Justice Carl Singh. Justice Ian Chang has been acting as Chief Justice.
Just recently it was pointed out that the government will possibly look at applications from outside of Guyana for the top Judicial appointments but the Attorney General has indicated that the issue continues to engage the attention of the new government.
According to the Government Information Agency, during a recent interview, the Attorney General said “It is something that we are working on and we will have to continue looking at it,” AG Williams said.
He also noted that it is provided for in the constitution, that those positions would be filled by agreement. “At the onset it was not difficult because we could have agreed on the position on who should be Chancellor, who should be Chief Justice but, as you know after that, it became untenable,” the AG noted.
President of the Guyana Bar Association, Christopher Ram when asked about the association’s take on the subject, explained that they have not taken a position on this particular issue, but “… it’s certainly one that requires addressing and the Attorney General himself said that it is a matter being addressed, and we support that,” he said.