Guyana’s Supreme Court of Judicature, which comprises the High Court and the Court of Appeal has said for the first time it will facilitate the live streaming of proceedings before Chief Justice Roxane George.
Listen to the proceedings as it unfolds starting at 10:00hrs today here:https://youtu.be/ZwG8wkWByHA
The public can listen to the audio of today’s hearing via the court’s YouTube page @ The Supreme Court of Judicature of Guyana.
The proceedings will be conducted virtually via Zoom and apart from lawyers, journalists have also been invited to attend.
The case has to do with a Fixed Date Application filed by Misenga Jones in which the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Chairperson of GECOM, retired Judge Claudette Singh; Attorney General Basil Williams and Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield have been listed as Respondents.
In the case, Jones is seeking several Declarations and Orders against Justice Singh and Lowenfield. Among other things, Jones, the applicant, is seeking to block the declaration of the final results of the March 20, 2020 elections, using votes tabulated during the Recount of all ballots which was supervised by a high-level CARICOM team.
Moreover, Jones wants the High Court to compel GECOM to declare the results of the elections using the figures declared by the 10 Returning Officers instead.
At a June 11, 2020 virtual court hearing in which journalists were invited, Justice George said that the court recognizes the constitutional requirement of open court. The Chief Justice committed that she will allow the media to access cases conducted in this manner as the judiciary adapts to the new norm of virtual hearings given restrictions posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.