Guyana’s Attorney General, Basil Williams, has indicated that as Guyana moves towards establishing its own Law School, two committees are to be formalized which will collaborate on getting all of the systems in place for the school’s establishment.
The committees will address many of the issues that may be required by the Council of Legal Education.
The Council’s requirements for the establishment of the Law School presently include matters such as physical plant, staffing, library facilitates and infrastructure.
The Attorney General recently attended a meeting of the Council of Legal Education (CLE) in Jamaica.
Today he said, “the Government of Guyana’s Committee will include representatives of its Joint Venture Partners, the Attorney General of Jamaica and the Council of Legal Education’s Committee will include, the Chairman of the CLE Mr. Reginald Armour S.C, the Principals of Hugh Wooding, Norman Manley and Eugene Dupuch Law Schools and Dr. Leighton Jackson University Dean, for the Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies (UWI)”.
In January, the Government of Guyana and the University College of the Caribbean (U.C.C)/Law College of the Americas (L.C.A) inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the undertaking of a feasibility study for the establishment of the Law School. That study, according to Williams, will form part of CLE committees overlook.
The Minister stated too that on January 26, in Kingston, Jamaica the project for the establishment of the JOF Haynes Law School was launched at an event which saw the Jamaican Government conveying its support.
Jamaica is one of the Caribbean countries identified as having market potential.
The Attorney General had previously stated that Guyana received permission from the CLE to establish the school two decades ago.
The Opposition has repeatedly criticized and questioned the Government’s decision to sign that Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the establishment of the J.O.F Haynes Law School of the Americas.
It’s a move, the opposition wants the Government to scrap. The Opposition has also written to the Chairman of the Council. (by Handel Duncan)