Attorneys Priscilla Chandra-Haniff and Nicola Pierre were sworn in as Commissioners of Title (Land Court judges) by Prime Minister Samuel Hinds at the Office of the Prime Minister, Kingston. They will be involved in granting of prescriptive titles.
Attorney Pierre boasts a Certificate of Legal Education at Hugh Wooding Law School, Bachelor of Law studies at the University of Guyana, and 16 years of work experience which includes legislative drafter, lecturer at the University of Guyana (UG) and Attorney-at-law in the Chambers of Oliver M. Valz, S.C.
Chandra-Haniff also obtained her Certificate of Legal Education from the Hugh Wooding Law School, a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from UG, and has eight years of work experience ranging from Attorney-at-law to lecturer at UG.
Prime Minister Hinds delivered words of advice to the newly appointed Commissioners, and urged them to be ready for all challenges that lie ahead, noting that operating in such a capacity as this is almost unnatural. He pointed out issues they have to deal with such as land dispute, which in Guyana is a particularly challenging area.
The Prime Minister also congratulated the attorneys in their new posts, noting the importance of their job. “It is necessary that people take up the challenges of offices in a society if it is to do well. I want to commend you for accepting this position in our country, congratulations and thanks.”
Chancellor of the Judiciary (ag) Justice Carl Singh also offered his congratulations to the attorneys on this bold step.
An elated Chandra-Haniff expressed gratitude for being given the opportunity to serve Guyana. She committed to serving to the best of her ability. “I would like to reiterate my commitment to ensuring that the judiciary remains transparent, fair and highly efficient.”
Pierre reaffirmed that she will do her best to function in her new position as Commissioner of Title. “I will do my best, endeavouring to uphold the office and perform my duties efficiently, confidently, and as the oath said, without fear or favour.” (GINA)
Filed: 22nd November 2014