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More judges in Guyana to cut backlog of cases

February 23, 2014

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Guyana has increased the number of judges to tackle the country’s daunting backlog of civil and criminal caseloads.

The number of judges eligible to sit in Guyana’s high court has been boosted from 11 to 20. President Donald Ramotar announced the change late Saturday.

Guyana’s bar association and other groups have said for years that more judges were needed to handle thousands of old cases.

Some felony suspects have waited for five years for their cases to be heard. Numerous civil suits have been scrapped because litigants have died, migrated or given up due to delays.

Attorney General Anil Nandlall says the previous number of judges was “wholly inadequate to cope” with the volume of cases.

Backlogs in underfunded and inefficient courts are a problem in countries throughout the Caribbean.

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