President David Granger conferred five legal practitioners with the honour of Senior Counsel.
With effect from January 1, 2019, the the long-serving legal practitioners, Guyana’s Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Shalimar Ali-Hack, Stephen Fraser, Carole James-Boston, Robert Ramcharran and Rajendra Poonai will all be Senior Counsels.
The Ministry of the Presidency in a statement on Monday said, “Five legal practitioners will be presented with their instruments of commission, elevating them to Senior Counsel at a ceremony to be announced later”.
On January 18, 2018 President David Granger presented four long-serving legal practitioners with their instruments of commission, elevating them to Senior Counsel. The new Senior Counsels who were appointed are Kalam Azad Juman Yassin, Fitz Le Roy Peters, Andrew Mark Fitzgerald Pollard and Josephine Whitehead.
They were all officially appointed at a ceremony held in the Baridi Benab at State House.
Noting that the award of the honour of Senior Counsel recognises those whose service in the legal profession has evinced values and standards, the President said that the simple but significant ceremony constitutes, as President of Guyana, an important personal obligation.
Back in 2017, nine Senior Counsels were appointed.