202 CASES FILED AGAINST LANDS AND SURVEY COMMISSION

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The Guyana Lands and Survey Commission has been challenged by several landowners in the courts for sanctions made by them. The Commission said it will strengthen its legal team. Here are the details from Javone Vickerie.

In 2018, 202 challenges were filed against the Guyana Lands and Survey Commission for several decisions made against persons who the commission says are recipients of lands by way of illegal possession. Chief Executive of the Guyana Lands and Survey Commission Trevor Benn in responding to a question by Nightly News explained that with only two members in the commission’s internal legal team, the commission faced challenges.

Mr. Benn said in most of the challenges, the commission had to provide legal documents to show why certain decisions had to made against persons who possess illegal lands. He explained that the commission was compelled to provide this information to the court due to the Judicial Review Act. But there is a likelihood that the number of challenges could increase in 2019. As such the commission is looking to strengthen its legal team.

he Chief Executive says that because of human resource constraints, it is difficult at times to review these cases in its entirety. This he says possess an additional challenge.

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