CCJ Reverses G$15M Award in Defamation Case

29 Jul 2016

Today the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in Glen Lall & National Media and Publishing Company Limited v Walter Ramsahoye refused to increase the G$15 million award of damages made to Dr Ramsahoye by the Guyana Court of Appeal. Indeed, it reversed the Court of Appeal’s decision and reinstated the trial judge’s award of G$4.5 million. In its ruling on defamatory material appearing in the Kaieteur News newspaper in 2000, the CCJ held that damages must be awarded in accordance with the law, practice and traditions of Guyana and cannot be assessed on the basis of a comparison of awards made in other Caribbean territories where prevailing socio-economic conditions, including Gross Domestic Profit (GDP), are different.