– sees role in upcoming General Elections
Attorney-at-law, Timothy Jonas, was re-elected as President of the Guyana Bar Association during the body’s Annual General Meeting held last Friday at the Victoria Law Courts.
Jonas is from the law firm, de Caires, Fitzpatrick & Karran.
Mohamed Khan and Prabha Persaud-Kissoon were also elected First and Second Vice Presidents respectively, while Christopher Ram is the Secretary of the association.
According to a statement from the association, Ronald Burch-Smith was elected Treasurer and Faye Barker, the Assistant Secretary/Treasurer.
The six Councilors elected are Sadi Amin, Latoya Hobbs, Emily Dodson, Vedushi Persaud, Teni Housty and Marcelle Bobb.
At the meeting, the returning President noted that the coming year is a significant one especially with General Elections scheduled.
Against this background, the functions of the association, which include the support and enhancement of the rule of law in Guyanese society, will become more crucial.
In that context, Jonas warned that the Association will have a role to play in the election process, both to encourage the peaceful and orderly conduct of the actual voting process, and to inquire into and ensure fair and impartial treatment by the authorities of the candidates in the run-up to elections. This will also include the non-preferential access to the media and transparent use of public funds for campaigning purposes.
The association also announced the launch of its 2011 Journal, which will formally take place on Friday at the Georgetown Club. Copies of the new Journal are now available for sale.
The Journal includes articles by Justice Desiree Bernard discussing the function of the appellate process in the Commonwealth, and discussions by Dr. Arif Bulkan and Melinda Janki on the benefits of the recent Amerindian Act and its impact on the Amerindian communities, and several other works on relevant and developing areas of law.
“The association considers that the publication of Journals and other similar academic works forms an integral part of the development of jurisprudence in Guyana, providing a medium for ideas to be exchanged and their merits discussed.
A public discussion of topical areas of law is of direct benefit to the community, whose members the law is designed to safeguard and who should be informed of their rights and obligations within the society, and especially benefits the commercial sector which relies on a certain and reliable legal system.”
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