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Insight on the Justice and Legal System in Guyana

Insight was launched in September with the aim of bridging several critical information gaps by providing more in-depth perspectives on current affairs issues of interest to readers in Guyana, the Caribbean and the Guyanese Diaspora.

In this edition, we focus heavily on Guyana’s judicial and legal system. We examine the way it functions, whom it touches and how it influences the broader social and political environment within the country. We embark on this excursion through the lenses of journalists, academics, jurists, students and persons with an interest in different aspects of the system.

We try to answer questions surrounding access to justice. We examine some key rulings both in domestic and regional jurisdictions and spend some time with students of law.

To assist us in achieving this goal, Insight was privileged to have exclusive access to leading Guyanese jurists and other sources of valuable information and viewpoints.

Special attention is also paid to the work of the Caribbean Court of Justice, Guyana’s final Court of Appeal and a sometimes contentious creature of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) process. For this, Insight gained exclusive access to President of the CCJ, Justice Dennis Byron, for a frank and open exchange.

We are also privileged to feature the views of Prof. W. Andy Knight, who currently heads the Institute of International Relations on the St. Augustine Campus of the University of the West Indies on relations between Guyana and China and, the CARICOM response to the crisis in Syria.

The international relations focus is also maintained through a commentary by editorial consultant, Wesley Gibbings, on the prospects for CARICOM membership by the Dominican Republic in the face of its controversial immigration ruling in September.

Engineer Bert Carter continues to look at outstanding architecture in Guyana with a revealing feature on the former prime minister’s residence, Castellani House, providing details about its gradual transformation into the art gallery it is today.

Steve Maximay examines the region’s moves to more fully embrace the concept of intellectual property rights. This will be the first in a series of pieces that take an in-depth look at the issue.

We also return to Guyanese activist, Glenyss James, and the role she continues to play at the Commonwealth Youth Programme.

Fittingly, we close this year with a review of selected issues, in the words of some of their chief protagonists. This section does not, by any means, capture all the newsworthy events of the year, but it does point out some of the bold, and sometimes a typical statements made by officials over the course of 2013.

To complement this retrospective, Insight presents a look at the occurrences of the National Assembly in the year by parliamentary reporter Kwesi Isles.

This issue also sees the continuance of two regular features. Our Tech Bits section continues its observation of technical innovation and issues, this time with a focus on internet privacy and the Farm to Table column by nutritionist Penelope Harris takes a look at a particularly nourishing fruit – the avocado.

In this edition we have included an activity section to challenge and entertain readers. Enjoy it as much as we have enjoyed bringing this edition of Insight to you.

I wish, on behalf of the entire Insight team, to thank our readers, contributors, service providers and other supporters of this venture for their valuable support. Copies of Insight are available for GY $1000.00 (U.S. $5.00) at Austin’s Book Store, Nigel’s Supermarket, Oasis Cafe and Shell Gas Station on Camp Street. Or, call 222-2042 for more information.

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