To ensure that proper legal services are provided to the Government; to provide statutory services to the public relating to the public trust and bankruptcy matters; and to register titles, mortgages, companies, societies and other bodies as well as other documents, as required by the law.
Members of Advisory Council on the Prerogative of Mercy Sworn In
PRESS RELEASE - KAIETEUR NEWS' LIES EXPOSED!
The Attorney-General’s Chambers and Ministry of Legal Affairs take issue with and totally reject the headline published on the front page of the Kaieteur News edition of April 8, 2016, “Haags Bosch dumpsite controversy, BK gets $1billion settlement with Govt.” and the contentions on pages 3 and 28 captioned “BK wins $1B settlement with Govt” and the “Dem boys seh…” column captioned “Soulja Bai getting jook in ee eye” appearing on page 10 of the said publication.
“A STRONG AML/CFT FRAMEWORK WILL CONTRIBUTE TO THE PROTECTION OF THE INTEGRITY AND ECONOMIC STABILITY OF OUR FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS”-AG
The Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Hon. Basil Williams stressed the importance of a strong regulatory regime in the fight against money laundering and the financing of terrorism in the National Risk Assessment Training Workshop held at the Ramada Georgetown Princess Hotel on March 29, 2016.
In his remarks to the attendees during the Opening Ceremony, the AG explained that the perpetrators of Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) crimes gravitate to jurisdictions with weak regulatory frameworks as weak regulations mean that money can be moved easily undetected. For this reason, he stated that the AG’s Chambers is continuously working on its existing AML/CFT Act along with other connected legislation. Minister Williams stated that despite having the necessary laws in place, the solutions needed to combat these crimes will only become manifest through a thorough assessment to determine the risks which exists and the nature of those risks.
Commonwealth to help Guyana draft legislation for oil and gas sector
March 23, 2016
Attorney General Basil Williams meets with the Commonwealth team,
A TEAM from the Commonwealth Office last week held discussions with Attorney General (AG) Basil Williams on the issue of drafting legislation for the oil and gas sector here. The Commonwealth team comprised Daniel Wilde, Ms. Alache Fisho and Ms. Arlette Daniel. The meeting was held at the Attorney General’s Chambers. According to a release by the AG’s office, the discussion surrounded the draft legislation which was prepared by the previous Commonwealth team and the ways in which those drafts could be improved. Suggestions included offshore legislation; a constitutional premise for ownership of natural resources; methods of providing licences i.e. bilateral agreement versus direct allocation methods; new definitions and a revision of the functions of regulatory authorities.
Also present in the meeting were Chief Parliamentary Counsel Mr Cecil Dhurjon, SC, CCH; Parliamentary Consultant, Mrs Ananda Dhurjon; and State Counsel Ms Joann Bond, Ms. Cheyanne Lall and Ms. Ronetta Sargent.
MINISTRY OF LEGAL AFFAIRS HOLDS CONSULTATION ON DRAFT CYBERCRIME BILL
The Attorney General’s (AG) Chambers and the Ministry of Legal Affairs held a public consultation on the draft cybercrime bill today, March 16, 2016, in the Savannah Room of the Pegasus Hotel.
The purpose of the consultation was to garner the opinions, comments and criticisms of the stakeholders in relation to the draft bill prepared by the Ministry of Legal Affairs. Mrs. Vonetta Atwell-Principal Parliamentary Counsel, gave an overview of the bill and cited its various components.