More than a year after the opening of the Sexual Offences Court in Georgetown, and a commitment to decentralise specialised court services, the Judiciary, in partnership with UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) Guyana, will be opening a Sexual Offences Court in New Amsterdam, Berbice tomorrow.

Both courts will follow the model guidelines to ensure their operations are in line with the Sexual Offences Act and meet best practices.

To that end, the work of the court will be complemented by the support services offered by the Ministry of Social Protection and other partners, for instance, through the one-stop centres or Child Advocacy Centres for the reporting of abuse.

Additionally, a Sexual Offences Court is expected to be completed in Essequibo before December 2019, with the support of the British High Commission and UNICEF Guyana.

The Judiciary and UNICEF Guyana have indicated their commitment to strengthening services and promoting justice – in the best interests of all in Guyana – including children.


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