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CCJ hears first case in Guyana
Published on February 19, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

Judges of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) making their way to the room where the sitting was held at the Guyana International Conference Centre (GICC), Liliendaal

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) --History was made on Monday as the panel of judges from Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) heard the first of three cases that are slated for examination at the court’s first itinerant sitting in Guyana.

The sittings, which will conclude on Wednesday, are being held at the Guyana International Conference Centre (GICC) in Liliendaal.

The presiding judges include: president of the CCJ, Sir Charles Dennis Byron, and Justices Winston Anderson, Adrian Saunders, Jacob Witt, and David Hayton.

The first hearing was a special leave application by attorneys Sanjeev Datadin and Charles Ramson in the case of Paul Lashley and John Campayne versus Detective Corporal #17995 Winston Singh. Representing the respondent was attorney-at-law, Sonia Joseph.

The applicants (Lashley and Campayne) were charged and convicted in the Magistrate’s court for breaking and entering and robbery. They subsequently lost their appeal in the Guyana Court of Appeal.

Datadin explained, “We have to show that the court has a jurisdiction to grant us leave and then we have to demonstrate that we have good grounds for that leave to be granted.”

Both Campayne and Lashley were 22 years of age at the time of the trial in the Magistrate’s court in December last year and both first time offenders. They were sentenced to four years in prison. Datadin argued the incompetence of their counsel at the time led to unfair proceedings.

Meanwhile, Ramson spoke of the significance of the CCJ coming to Guyana to preside over matters and called on other Caribbean countries to sign on to the CCJ.

This court is based in Trinidad and Tobago and is the judicial institution of the Caribbean Community. It operates under two jurisdictions, that is an original jurisdiction and an appellate jurisdiction.

The other two cases that will be heard over the next two days include: Feizal Mohamed Amin (trading under the name style and firm of Amin Lumber Enterprise) versus Guyana Oil Company Limited and Daniel Ramlagan by Ramkumarie Ramlagan versus Narine Singh by Saiojine Singh.
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