Sexual offences Court in New Amsterdam, Berbice – Guyana

The commitment to decentralize specialized court services, the Judiciary (in partnership with UNICEF opened the Sexual Offences Court in New Amsterdam, Berbice.

19 August 2019
Juvenile Justice, Child Protection, Sexual Offences Act, Sexual Offences Court
©UNICEF Guyana 2019
UNICEF Guyana and Suriname Representative Sylvie Fouet and Chancellor of the Judiciary (ag) the Honourable Yonette Cummings-Edwards formally opens the Sexual Offences Court in Berbice Guyana

Georgetown, Guyana 6 May, 2019 - Following the opening of the Sexual Offences Court in Georgetown (November 2017), and the commitment to decentralize specialized court services, the Judiciary (in partnership with UNICEF Guyana), will open the Sexual Offences Court in New Amsterdam, Berbice on Tuesday May 7, 2019.  

Both courts will follow the model guidelines to ensure that its operation is in line with the Sexual Offences Act and meets best practice.  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 remains committed to strengthening services and promoting justice- in the best interests of all in Guyana- including children.   
 

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