THE JURY SYSTEM HAS FAILED GUYANA

In early June last year I wrote an article entitled ‘Abolish Jury Trials.’ I argued then, and repeat those arguments now, that jury trials ought to be abolished because convictions are now rarely obtained from juries even in the most glaring cases. The Attorney General and several criminal lawyers disagreed with my suggestion and views. […]

REMEMBERING WALTER RODNEY

There was a sense of anticipation in the political air upon the return of Walter Rodney to Guyana in the mid 70s. Elections had just been rigged in 1973 and our comrades killed. We in the PPP were especially happy when Cde. Cheddi Jagan reported shortly after he had met with Rodney that their discussions […]

ABOLISH JURY TRIALS

In 1978 the PNC administration proposed the Administration of Justice Bill which sought, among other things, to increase the number of offences which could be tried summarily, that is to say, before a Magistrate. These offences which were known as indictable offences, were heard before a Judge and jury. There was great opposition to the […]