CCJ to hear Guyana no-confidence appeal April 10

A consolidated appeal seeking to bring final resolution to a constitutional crisis caused by the passage of a no-confidence motion in Guyana's National Assembly, last December, will be heard by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on April 10.

A three-member panel comprising of CCJ President Adrian Saunders and Judges Jacob Wit and David Hayton set the date during a case management conference on the appeal at the CCJ's headquarters at Henry Street, Port-of-Spain, this morning. 

32 illegal immigrants arrested in Penal

32 illegal immigrants have been arrested by Police after being found in Penal.
Police say Officers from the South Western Division and Immigration Division were conducting an exercise. They held seven persons at a house in Suchit Trace, Penal, while 23 others were discovered in a Penal bar. Police say 31 out of the 32 held were Venezuelan Nationals, while one is from Guyana. Nine persons were given notices and allowed to leave, while the others are being held. Police say three persons were also arrested for gaming machine offences. Investigations are ongoing.


Guyana court rules no-confidence motion stands

Guyana's Chief Justice (ag), Roxane George has ruled that the December 21 vote by Government back-bencher Charrandass Persaud in a no-confidence motion, was valid.

According to the acting Chief Justice, the Speaker Dr Barton Scotland found that motion was carried by majority of 33-32.

She noted that the validity of motion was not doubted when it was carried on December 21.

Moreover, she noted that when concerns were raised subsequently after and advanced before Speaker Scotland, he stood by the carried motion and digressed to the court for interpretation.

Guyana's Finance Ministry concerned about Republic's acquisition bid of Scotiabank

The Ministry of Finance in Guyana says the decision by Scotiabank to agree to an acquisition by Republic Bank's, is of concern and is regrettable at this time.
The Finance Ministry issued the following statement in light of this morning's announcement.
"The Ministry of Finance notes the announcement today of the agreement for control of Scotiabank by Republic Bank in nine Caribbean territories including Guyana.

CCJ rules Guyana's cross-dressing law "unconstitutional"

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has ruled that a law in Guyana, which makes it a criminal offence for a man or a woman to appear in a public place while dressed in clothing of the opposite sex for an “improper purpose”, is unconstitutional.

The law, Section 153(1)(xlvii) of the Summary Jurisdiction (Offences) Act, is to be struck from the laws of Guyana.

CCJ rules tomorrow on Guyana public cross-dressing case

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) will on Tuesday deliver its decision in the case of McEwan and others vs Attorney General of Guyana which challenged the constitutionality of a law that criminalizes wearing attire of a different gender in public for an “improper purpose.”

The decision will be delivered at the CCJ headquarters in Port of Spain.

The CCJ is Guyana's final court of appeal.