Category Archives: Law

The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – A Year of Constitutional and Governance Issues

At this time, people tend to reflect on the twelvemonth past and to contemplate the coming one. Today, I propose to attempt the first. From my perspective, 2018 has been dominated by issues of governance and by their relation to the prescriptions of our supreme law. A review of my columns for the year corroborates this opinion. I had even

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Charrandass Persaud: Open Letter to Speaker Dr. Bartland Scotland

Submitted by Rickford Burke, President, Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID) corrected submission December 24, 2018 Hon. Dr. Bartland Scotland, M.P. Speaker of the National Assembly Republic of Guyana Parliament Buildings Brickdam, Georgetown Guyana Dear Honorable Speaker: Article 156.3 of the Guyana constitution states that: “A member of the National Assembly elected on a list shall cease to be a

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The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – Criminalizing Attire and the Rule of Law (iv)

“..that the people (including, one should add, the government) should be ruled by the law and obey it and (2) that the law should be such that people will be able (and, one should add, willing) to be guided by it.” – Geoffrey de Q. Walker, The rule of law: foundation of constitutional democracy, (1st Ed., 1988). “The protection of the

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