President Irfaan Ali today assured that the government will be moving “very soon” to constitute the Public Service Commission, which will ultimately pave the way for the appointment of members to the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).
The absence of a Judicial Service Commission has led to non-appointment of Judges.
During a Press Conference today at his Region Three Outreach, the President was quizzed about the government’s failure to appoint Judicial Service Commission and address the need to confirm Judges to the country’s top two judicial posts.
President Ali said the country has senior judicial officers in place, even though they are acting in the positions.
“The country is not without a chancellor or a Chief Justice. Let’s make that point very clear, Guyana is not without a Chancellor or a Chief Justice we have an acting Chancellor and Chief Justice and we are taking this issue seriously,’ the President declared.
The President said the composition of the Judicial Service Commission requires the Public Service Commission and the Government is currently in the final stages of wrapping up the process to establish the Public Service Commission.
“We are finalizing the work from Parliament and other agencies to have the Public Service Commission up very soon, that I can promise you very very soon, when that is appointed, we will then be able to move to the full compliment of the Judicial Service Commission and then as soon as that is done the JSC will come in effect and then we move towards a different matter the JSC has to look at.,’ the President said.
In January, Attorney General Anil Nandlall promised that the JSC would be established within by the first quarter of the year.
The life of the previous Judicial Service Commission expired in September 2017.
The JSC’s remit includes the power to make judicial appointments and to discipline or remove judicial officers.
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