After 10 years, Guyana undergoes law revision with help from Anguillan Company
The government through the Attorney General’s Chambers will soon commence a law revision exercise to consolidate and revise all of the Laws of Guyana, including principal and subsidiary legislation; the exercise is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2023.
A statement from Attorney General, Anil Nandlall, SC, on Saturday noted that this consolidation and revision exercise is a collaborative effort between the Law Revision Commission and the Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) Project.
It will be executed by the Regional Revision Centre Inc., an Anguillan company.
Nandlall is of the view that this consolidation and revision process, taken together with several other transformative initiatives currently underway, will deliver on a manifesto promise to modernise legislative landscape.
The last consolidation and revision exercise was carried out pre-2012; that exercise produced the 2012 Revised Edition of the Laws of Guyana.
“That process took place nearly 12 years ago, and a plethora of new laws have been promulgated since. Incorporating those laws into principle legislation, and the consolidation of them have become necessary.”
“The time is therefore ripe to produce a new volume of the Laws of Guyana which is current, comprehensive, and accurate. Quite importantly, this process will also see the rectification of several deficiencies which afflicted the last revision exercise,” the statement added.
This exercise will take place over a 12-month period. Work will commence on Monday February 21 and will conclude same time in 2023.
To facilitate the required work, the Attorney General’s Chambers through the IMPACT Justice Project, will supply the Regional Law Revision Centre with:
a. electronic copies of the last (2012) Revised Edition of the Laws of Guyana;
b. the printed edition of the last (2012) Revised Edition of the Laws of Guyana;
c. a copy of the Consolidated Index of the Laws of Guyana for the revision
periods 2009, 2010 and 2021; and
d. The Gazette publications of the Laws of Guyana for the revision period 31
December 2010 to 31st December 2021.
When the current consolidation and revision exercise is completed, the Regional Law Revision Centre will provide Guyana with completed electronic (MS Word and PDF versions) files of the Laws of Guyana as of 31st December 2022.
These files will then be used to produce the 2022 Revised Edition of the Laws of Guyana.