Sexual Offences Handbook
Help & Shelter has kindly given permission for the electronic version of their Sexual Offences Act Handbook to be made available on our site as a means of public education
Last update : 14 January, 2010
Farewell to Ms Thelma Rodney-Edwards
Welcome to Ms Norma Lewis
Posted 18 October, 2009
Welcome to Ms Simone Morris-Ramlall
Welcome to Frederick Singh
Posted 2 August, 2009
Rights of the Child Commission
Vice-chairperson Ms Yvonne Fox was on 8 May 2009 sworn in as a member of the newly established commission, having been selected through a nomination process involving a wide cross-section of civil society.
Further UNICEF support for Children’s Legal Aid Project
We are extremely pleased that UNICEF has agreed to continue to support the clinic’s children’s legal aid services for a further 12 months from June 2009.
While new juvenile justice legislation has not yet been passed or a national children’s help line established, it is anticipated that with the coming on stream of the project promotional campaign (posters and radio and TV PSAs), the demand for children’s legal aid services will increase substantially over the next year.
Posted 10 May, 2009
Welcome back to Ms. Bettina Glasford
Mr. Scott Doucet
Posted 21 Oct, 2008
Posted 27 Sept, 2008
The Clinic changes its name
Welcome to Mr Ian Anamayah
Mr. Scott Doucet - Canadian Bar Association 2008-9 Intern
Farewell to Ms. Bettina Glasford
Posted 16 July, 2008
Legal Aid in Essequibo
Legal Aid in Region 5
Legal Aid in Linden provided by Linden Legal Aid Centre
Welcome to new Directors
Ms. Lagan is the Administrator of the Women’s Affairs Bureau and Ms. Singh is an attorney-at-law and currently a legal researcher in the Office of the President Governance Unit.
Canadian Bar Association 2008-9 Intern
Posted 20 May, 2008
Posted 20 April, 2008
The Clinic is very pleased that Canadian government funding for the Canadian Bar Association’s International Youth Internship Progamme has been extended for another year and that the placement of a CBA young lawyer with the Clinic for 6 to 7 months (August 2008 to February 2009) has been approved.
We look forward to hosting our second young Canadian lawyer and hope that the internship will be as successful as that of our first intern, Sarah Dyck, who was with us from September 2006 to March 2007.
Posted 12 April, 2008
Mr Nigel Hawke left the Clinic in April 2008 to take up an appointment to the magistracy. We are sorry to see him go and extend gratitude for all his contributions to our work since November 2006, congratulations on his elevation and best wishes for the future.
Welcome to Ms Yogini Lochan and Mr Sunil Scarce
Attorneys-at-Law Ms Yogini Lochan and Mr Sunil Scarce joined the Clinic on 1 April as part of our government-funded expansion process. Ms. Lochan will be based in Georgetown but do outreach work in Regions 5 and 10, and Mr. Scarce will be based in Anna Regina, Essequibo, in offices to be provided by the government through the Ministry of Human Services & Social Security.
Further assistance under the USAID/GDCCR Project
The Clinic has in the past benefited very substantially under the project and is grateful for the further assistance that is to be received to enable the acquisition of computer equipment and office furniture and equipment for our expansion.
Posted 9 January 2008
True to its commitment to improve access to justice for the poor and other disadvantaged and vulnerable persons throughout Guyana, the government has provided the Clinic with $32 million to enable the continuation and expansion of legal aid services during 2008.
The funds provided will be used to cover the Clinic’s current operating costs and to employ three additional full time attorneys-at-law and three additional full time legal clerk/typists. One of the attorneys-at-law and legal clerk/typists will be based at the Clinic and will provide legal aid services in Regions 5, 7 and 10. One attorney-at-law and legal clerk/typist will be based in New Amsterdam to serve Region 6 and one attorney-at-law and legal clerk/typist will be based in Anna Regina to serve Region 2. The government will provide such offices as are required outside of Georgetown.
It is anticipated that subject to the government being satisfied that the funds provided have been used effectively, it will continue to provide financial support to legal aid.
Juvenile Justice Reform
The Clinic welcomes the proposed reform and looks forward to further participation in the consultation process.
Pilot Project for Children’s Legal Aid has begun
The Children’s Legal Aid Pilot Project began on 3 September under an agreement between the Clinic and the Ministry of Culture Youth & Sport for the establishment of legal aid services to children under a 12 month pilot project funded by UNICEF.
Ms. Faith McGusty as Children’s Legal Aid Attorney-at-Law will provide legal aid services directly to children who need assistance with civil and/or criminal matters. Children will be referred to the Clinic by government ministries and agencies, and NGOs that provide non-legal assistance to children, such as Help & Shelter.
The project is due to be formally launched very soon and efforts will be made to publicise the service through flyers, posters and public service announcements.
All services provided under the project will be absolutely free.
It is anticipated that a national children’s helpline will be established by the Ministry of Culture Youth & Sport in the fairly near future.
It is hoped that the project will be successful and that government funding for its continuation will be provided.
Thank you to Commodore Gary Best
The Clinic extends warm congratulations, thanks and best wishes for a successful tenure to Commodore Best.
Assignment of Attorney-at-Law by the Ministry of Human Services & Social Security
Mr. Yoganand Persaud, BEd, LLB, who was with the Clinic from February to May 2007 to do outreach work in Regions 5 and 10, has recently returned and is handling matters mainly in the Georgetown courts.
Justice Sector Reform Strategy
The IADB Project Concept Document identifies “improving access to justice” as one of the three challenges. This document notes that “restricted access to legal advice and legal representation . . . …. is a serious concern because of the fundamental issues that the justice system deals with, including loss of life and liberty”.
The IADB Project Concept Document further notes that US$1.1 million is linked to the improvement of access to justice, which includes enhancing citizen awareness of rights and responsibilities, provision of services to court users, facilitating legal advice and representation and access to information, courts and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. This document specifically states that financed activities will include technical assistance for the expansion of legal aid services ……. targeted at disadvantaged groups and the development and implementation of a public legal awareness strategy, action plan and campaigns.
The Justice Sector Reform Strategy 2006–2010 identifies four outputs, one of which is “improved access to justice, especially for the poor and vulnerable.” The Strategy notes that:
“The point of the limited availability of much of Guyana’s population to legal advice and representation has been made. As a first step to address this issue, a plan will be developed in conjunction with stakeholders for a sustainable, national legal aid scheme in Guyana.”
See the IADB announcement at: http://www.iadb.org/news/articledetail.cfm?Language=EN&artid=3149
See the IADB Project Concept Document at: http://www.iadb.org/projects/Project.cfm?project=GY-L1009&Language=English
See the Guyana Justice Reform Strategy at: http://www.gina.gov.gy/justicreform/Guyana%20JSRS%20revised%20June%202006c.pdf
GAWL's The Law and You Series
The Guyana Association of Women Lawyers has kindly given permission for their “The Law and You IV" booklet to be made available on our website as a means of public education
The Women and Gender Equality Commission has kindly given permission for the electronic version of their booklets on the Revised Constitution of Guyana 2001 to be made available on our website as a means of public education.
Red Thread's Household Guide to the Domestic Violence Act
Red Thread Women's Development Organisation has kindly given permission for their Household Guide to the Domestic Violence Act to be accessed from our website.