DPP office for Berbice – Attorney General
With the aim of further strengthening the judicial system, Attorney General Anil Nandlall has disclosed that a new Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) office will be opened in New Amsterdam, Berbice.
The AG made this disclosure during a recent interview, in which he spoke about several aspects of the Justice Reform Project.
Nandlall told Kaieteur News that the project is currently in its final stages. He said that government was given a brief extension by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for the facilitation of several projects – one of them being a DPP office in Berbice.
He explained that a building has already been identified. Nandlall further explained that there has already been a budgetary allocation for the repairs and fixtures for the building.
“The building will be affixed with all the modern fixtures”, the AG stated. He noted that the building in Georgetown is currently undergoing major repairs, which would be completed within a few weeks. The DPP’s Chamber is currently located opposite the Bahai Center in Charlotte Street.
The Justice Sector Reform Strategy will pave the way for strengthened linkages between judicial institutions.
“In the civil justice system, for example, even if the courts are working well in delivering judgments in a timely and efficient manner, for the user, justice is only delivered once that judgment is enforced,” the document states.
The approach is to strengthen linkages between justice institutions from the “top, down” and from the “bottom, up”. Interventions will be concerned with sector-wide policy, planning and resource allocation. Additionally, there is scope for enhanced communication, coordination and cooperation between the institutions in the justice sector at the operational/local level.
This includes improving coordination between the Police, Magistrates and Prison Service, to ensure that cases are ready for trial before they are listed, and that all necessary parties are present. Also, it would allow for better sharing of resources, such as Police boats, to assist magistrates in accessing remote courts; coordination between judicial officers, the Mediation Centre, attorneys and users to ensure understanding of mediation and full preparation for each case.