Wales Children’s Court and Child friendly room officially launched

UNICEF - Judiciary of Guyana partnership to facilitate easier access to justice

31 May 2024
UNICEF Representative Nicolas Pron and students from the Patentia Secondary School
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UNICEF Representative Nicolas Pron and students from the Patentia Secondary School
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Nicolas Pron, Area Representative of UNICEF Guyana and Suriname at Wales Children's Court launch
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Nicolas Pron, Area Representative of UNICEF Guyana and Suriname delivers feature address at Wales Children's Court commissioning

GEORGETOWN, 30 MAY 2024 – The Supreme Court of the Judicature, the Government of Guyana and UNICEF together formally commissioned the Wales Children’s Court and Child Friendly Room  on Thursday, 30 May 2024.

Within the overall partnership with the Supreme Court of the Judicature and UNICEF on access to justice, UNICEF Guyana provided support – technical and financial -  for the construction and furnishing of the new Wales Children’s Court and Child Friendly Room

UNICEF Representative Nicolas Pron during his brief remarks, congratulated the judiciary and the government of Guyana on the establishment of the new court, which is expected to facilitate access to justice for all children, especially the most vulnerable. He was especially complimentary of the achievements made thus far, including the use of technological solutions to ensure that justice can be delivered in any circumstance; he also highlighted the recent establishments of Youth and Drug courts as well as Family Courts.

“This is a milestone in the agenda for children and it shows that child friendly justice solutions are possible. The establishment of these courts demonstrates the commitment by all stakeholders to put systems in place which serve in the best interests of children.” Pron said.

“It is also key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) particularly SDG 16 on justice, peace and inclusive societies,” he added. 

The Representative reminded that UNICEF is committed to working with the judiciary, the government, local communities and children to ensure that every child can access a justice system that is child friendly, gender sensitive and well equipped to secure their rights.

Commissioning the building was Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, the Honourable Mohabir Anil Nandlall, SC, and UNICEF Representative Nicolas Pron.

In his address, the Honourable Attorney General noted that the event demonstrates the government’s commitment to investing in the reformation of the judicial system and the importance of access to justice for all citizens.

“Government is very cognizant that with the economic and social transformation taking place in our country, so must the justice system, the rule of law and access to justice, and the government is committed to invest heavily in those areas,” the Attorney General said. 

 

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UNICEF Representative Nicolas Pron, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs The Honourable Anil Nandlall SC and Director of Public Prosecutions Mrs. Shalimar Ali-Hack SC speak after the commissioning of the Wales Children's Court
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Chancellor of the Judiciary, Chief Justice and UNICEF Representative Nicolas Pron
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Chancellor of the Judiciary The Honourable Madame Justice Yonnette Cummings-Edwards, Chief Justice The Honourable Madame Roxanne George and UNICEF Representative Nicolas Pron (left to right)

Chancellor of the Judiciary (ag), Madame Justice the Honourable Yonette Cummings-Edwards noted that while the new court is a few years removed from the first one, it shows the commitment of the judiciary to modernize the legal system in Guyana, and to ensure that access to justice, especially for children who may come into contact with the law, is fully attainable. Further, she noted, from an operational perspective having child friendly rooms allows for parents/guardians who are visiting the courts to conduct business knowing that their children are in a safe space.

The new building, features a court room, living quarters for magistrates, interview rooms for survivors, child friendly space and magistrate’s office.

The new court is part of the transformation of the justice sector in Guyana and is expected to serve the staff and people of the East Bank areas more efficiently. 

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The court room at the recently commissioned Wales Children's Court and Child Friendly Space

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