This report is part of CRIN's access to justice for children project, looking at the status of the CRC in national law, the status of children involved in legal proceedings, the legal means to challenge violations of children’s rights and the practical considerations involved in challenging violations.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) has been directly incorporated into the law of Guyana via the Constitution, but the state may divest itself of certain rights in the CRC by a two-thirds vote of the elected members of the elected assembly. Children may challenge violations of their rights in a number of ways, from making a complaint to the Rights of the Child Commission, to applying directly to the High Court for redress. A child can initiate court proceedings through his/her next friend, and may receive free legal assistance from the Children's Legal Aid Project to do so. However, backlogs and delays in Guyana's justice system, including delay in the opening of the Family Court, continues to hamper children's access to justice.