President David Granger has written to Opposition Leader, Mr. Bharrat Jagdeo to inform him of his intention to appoint Justice William Ramlall as Chairman of the Police Complaints Authority (PCA).
This appointment accords with Section 3 (1) of the Police Complaints Authority Act, Cap. 17:02.
A statement from the Ministry of the Presidency noted that Justice Ramlall, a retired judge of the High Court of the Supreme Court of Judicature of Guyana, specialises in criminal and civil law, particularly in the areas of analysis and assessment of evidence, the writing of judgements and the interpretation of statutes, among other skills.
According to the Ministry, Justice Ramlall also served as a magistrate for several years; a State Counsel in the Attorney General’s Chambers; a teacher of Commercial Law and led a successful private practice.
“The retired judge attended the University of Guyana, where he read for the Bachelor of Laws Part One before proceeding to the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus, where he completed Parts Two and Three.
“He is also the holder of a Legal Education Certificate from the Hugh Wooding Law School and was a part of several professional training programmes.”
The former head of the PCA was Justice Cecil Kennard. Justice Kennard, 80, was asked to step down from the post by President Granger last year, who had noted that he was “focused on creating an atmosphere in which other persons, who are younger, are able to take a lead.”
Justice Ramlall is in his 60s.