Acting Chancellor and Acting Chief Justice hail CCJ for advancing jurisprudence, as Court holds sitting in Guyana

Acting Chancellor and Acting Chief Justice hail CCJ for advancing jurisprudence, as Court holds sitting in Guyana

The Acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Yonette Cummings and Acting Chief Justice Roxanne George, today hailed the work of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in advancing jurisprudence in the Caribbean region, noting that in Guyana alone, the CCJ has delivered several ground breaking judgements.

The Caribbean Court of Justice is currently hosting sittings in Guyana, presiding over five matters from across the region. The sittings are taking place at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre.

During an opening session this morning, Acting Chief Justice Roxanne George said the CCJ has become a household name for Guyana. She said over the years, and more recently, the Court has been impactful not only to individual litigants but the nation as a whole.

Acting Chief Justice Roxanne George

“The CCJ embraces the diversity of our region while emphasizing the necessity for inclusion and harmonization as it leads our jurisdiction in ensuring that the rule of law id upheld both in its original and appellate jurisdictions. I also emphasized that the CCJ is not only our apex court rendering final judgements, but it is a champion of judicial and legal education,” the Acting Chief Justice said.

According to Justice George, the CCJ has been leading to way in ensuring that justice is delivered. As a result, she urged Caribbean nations not yet part of the CCJ to join the regional court.

“The CCJ sets a very high standard, leading in court’s technology and inspiring us at it has done to achieve excellence in court and judicial administration and in doing so, this enduring regional administration educates, guides and enjoins us to ensure that in upholding the rule of law we engender public trust and confidence in our justice system,” the Chief Justice said.

The Acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Yonette Cummings, said Guyana is honored to have the CCJ as its apex court. She said while lots have been said about many of the Court’s decisions over the years, it remains a credible arbiter for the people of the region.

Acting Chancellor, Justice Yonette Cummings

“This court is known to be revolutionary, forward thinking and even ground breaking in some of its decisions over the years and since its establishment the court has prided over one hundred and eleven matters for Guyana alone,” the Chancellor said.

The Acting Chancellor also explained that Guyana has contributed significantly to the development of the CCJ since its establishment in 2001.

The Court has litigated on 111 cases from Guyana, since it became the country’s apex Court.

This is the second time that the CCJ is hosting sittings in Guyana. The last time was in 2014.

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