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GUYANA | High Court judge withdraws from case citing AG’s “disrespectful conduct”

Featured Attorney General Basil Williams (Left) and Justice Franklin Holder who has recused himself from the case. Attorney General Basil Williams (Left) and Justice Franklin Holder who has recused himself from the case.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, May 8, CMC -High Court judge Franklyn Holder has recused himself from a case involving the government and suspended Chairman of the Public Service Commission, Carvil Duncan.

Holder’s decision follows a request from Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo for him to step aside.

Franklyn Holder

The Prime Minister, who is a respondent in the court case said he believes the well publicized fall out between the Judge and Attorney General Basil Williams, who is representing the state’s interest, could result in a hearing that is not fair.

However,  the Judge made it clear that his decision did not come in recent days.

“I find that it will be prudent, judicious and in the interest of the administration of justice that I recuse myself from the case”.

Attorney General Basil Williams was a no show during the hearing on Monday but was represented by Attorneys Judy Stuart and Colleen Liverpoool from his Chambers.

The Prime Minister in a letter to the Chancellor of the Judiciary said the spat between the Judge and the Attorney General, could have resulted in an unfair hearing.

He also listed three main reasons why he believes the Judge should recuse himself from the matter.

“The Judge had the power to handle the alleged incident between himself and the State’s Attorney General, amicably in court instead of retiring to his Chambers without the formal rising of the Court”, the Prime Minister wrote.

He also pointed to the Judge’s letter to the Chancellor requesting an apology from the Attorney General in open court before the matter be allowed to continue.

Additionally, Nagamootoo pointed to the forwarding of that request to the President who is also a party in the matter.

The case has now been sent back to the Chief Justice for reassignment.

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