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Government yesterday said that Cabinet has given its no objection to a $48.5M project which would facilitate the printing of the High Court Rules and the Law Revision (Law Reports). This announcement came from Cabinet Secretary Dr. Roger Luncheon at his weekly press briefing. According to Dr Luncheon, Cabinet met on Tuesday and voted for the project.It was Justice Claudette Singh, the Coordinator of the Modernization of the Justice Administration System project, who had explained that the legal fraternity is well aware that the Law Report for 1976 was printed in 1996, some 20 years later. She said that the last official law revision was done in 1977.There were delays of up to seven years for a case to be completed from the time it was filed,Manchester United Jersey Online Uk, taking into consideration the delays in handing down decisions. The law reports from 1977 to 2007 are now in print form.Justice Singh added that they have also printed an index to these reports (1930-2007) and it is available now. In addition to that, Justice Singh noted that the reports are also now digitized.The Law Reports was compiled and edited for the years 1977 to 2007 as one aspect of the Modernisation of the Justice Administration System project. The MJAS Project is funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) by way of a loan to the Government of Guyana (GoG) and is implemented by the Ministry of Legal Affairs.The MJAS programme was designed as a hybrid facility comprising a policy-based component supported by a policy based loan of US$15M. A further investment and technical support component supported by an investment loan of US$10M was given. The investment component was intended to help implement the policy reform programme and also support initial capacity building activities in the justice sector institutions.Under that same programme several other justice projects were realized. Fast track to present; Justice Singh said that through the project the system is now in a position to inform that the most critical of the concerns have been dealt with.Justice Singh added that the case backlog has been significantly reduced and steps are in train not only to reduce it further, but to eliminate it completely.Justice Singh added that through the project several courts and courtrooms have been refurbished, the Director of Public Prosecutors Chambers were renovated and furnished. According to Singh the Chambers now have 15 offices for prosecutors.Both state and police prosecutors were trained and according to the DPP her success rate in prosecutions moved to 30 per cent in 2010 and almost 50 percent in 2011.Justice Singh said, “Completing the project and achieving the success was no easy task,” but they nevertheless continued.Under the project, the Court of Appeal, the Chief Justice Court and the Commercial Courts will be installed with voice recognition systems so that there would be no need for the respective judges to write notes in longhand.Further, Justice Singh expounded on the fact that through the project a Law Revision Unit was established to facilitate the ongoing revision of the laws. At present, the laws of Guyana are updated up to December 31, 2010 which according to Singh, is a significant achievement. High Court judges were also given a laptop computer, which is expected to be a tool to help them in giving decisions.

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