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Shortage Of Magistrates Appears To be Problematic

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For years there has been the concern about the small number of magistrates in the country. The shortage of sitting magistrates has resulted in a number of setbacks for cases, and attorneys have forever been complaining about the problem. Some magistrates are even forced to work at more than one court houses. It’s an issue that the opposition parties are worried about, so much so that the PNC questioned the legal affairs minister about the current number of serving magistrates.

The legal affairs minister stated that five of the magistrates are contract employees since his ministry has since recognized the need for more sitting magistrates.

Many persons have expressed disgusted over the procedures of the court and the lack of magistrates in settling court cases. Most persons before climbing the court steps would usually come to an agreement and settle their matters. The 161.4 Billion Dollar budget which was presented under the theme Together Building Tomorrow’s Guyana Today was passed on Thursday after a lengthy debate.

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