February 2, 2009


Posted in Guyana, History, Psychology tagged , , , , , , at 2:02 pm by randallbutisingh


Discourage litigation, persuade your neighbours to compromise whenever you can……as a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough. -Abraham Lincoln.

If you have a strong case in law, talk to the judge. If you have a strong case in fact, talk to the jury. But if you have no case in law or fact, talk to the wild elements and bellow like a bull. – Judge Joe Biden.

Dear viewers:

Some time ago I introduced you to a book, “In PURSUIT of JUSTICE” written by Shakoor Manraj Q.C., an attorney of great repute. I want to tell you that I have read through the book, and found it very informative about the manner in which cases were tried in Guyana – the sometimes bias of the judge, the wit of the lawyer, the deception of the police and the behaviour of the clients. The courtroom is a place where people go, not only for their involvement in cases but also for diversion and amusement.

Mr. Manraj’s book is not a treatise on Law, but what takes place in the court room, and especially for those who have not been able to visit the courthouse to listen to how cases were tried.

I intend here to give you excerpts of a case which is full of humour. You will find many more when you read the book:

– Randall Butisingh


Excerpt from: ” In Pursuit of  Justice”

One morning Rampat appeared in Court No. (1). ( I had a matter in that Court that morning) and Rampat was in Court. He was charged with disorderly conduct. Apparently he had been annoyed by some youths and he lost his cool.

The police arrested him for Disorderly Behaviour. The magistrate came on the bench and shortly after, Rampat’s matter was called. The magistrate read the charge to him and asked him how he pleads. As usual he entered a plea of “Guilty”. He never gave the prosecutor any trouble to lead evidence. After the prosecutor outlined the facts to the Court, the Magistrate decided to lecture to Rampat about a change in his life-style. Rampat stood before him with his battered felt hat in his hand. The Magistrate upbraided Rampat and this was how it went:

Magistrate: “Rampat, you are here again.”

Rampat: “Yes, please Boss.”

Magistrate: “ When are you going to pull yourself together?”

Rampat: “I am all right Boss. I never give you trouble.”

Magistrate; “Rampat, every single morning you are before the court charged with one offence or another. You are not a criminal; you are charged with petty offences, not serious offences like stealing or assaulting anyone, or offences of that nature. Don’t you feel ashamed of yourself?
The magistrate held up Rampat’s convictions sheet.

Magistrate: “Every morning you are here in Court, aren’t you ashamed? Aren’t you disgusted with yourself? What have you got to say?”

Rampat: (Fumbling with his battered felt in his hands) “Boss,
You no deh hay in Court every manin, too? You no shame ah youself?”

(Translated, it reads thus; Boss, you are here in court every morning too, aren’t you ashamed of yourself?)

The lawyers, the prosecutor and all the people in the Court went hysterical. The Court Orderly called the Court to Order. When order was restored, the learned and understanding magistrate continued:

Magistrate: (smilingly) “Rampat, You should be glad that I am here every morning to look after you. But today enough is enough. You have to change. If you ever come back before me, I am going to send you to jail. Do you understand what I am telling you?”

Rampat: “Yes boss, me no go come back” (“Yes Boss, I will not come back.”)

True to his word Rampat never went back to Court. He was never seen again by anyone.

To order a copy of this book, which is in hard cover and glossy paper and will be a good piece for your library, please send money order for $25.00, which includes local postage, to the author.  Foreign postage will not be  the same. 

A. Shakoor Manraj Q.C.
1021 S.W. 100 Terrace
Pembroke Pines
Florida 33025.

Expect delivery within a few days.


1 Comment »

  1. randallbutisingh said,

    I have read of two lawyers, one an American, Abraham Lincoln, who climbed the ladder by hard work and commitment. He later became President of the United States of America. Lincoln never defended a client whom he suspected of being guilty of a crime. He will ask him to see another lawyer.

    The other was an Indian, MAHATMA GANDHI, an English trained barrister who will encourage his clients to settle their differences out of Court, and this he did very successfully.

    Itis sad how lawyers mercilessly exploit their clients by encouraging litigation. It is quite glaring in this country where you have ambulance chasers and those who encourage dishonesty so as to prey, sometimes on the innocent.

    There is a lawyer, now, who is advertising for people who are involved in accidents to contact him, as they may be able to get compensation, even if they are wrong. No wonder the metaphor for lawyers are sharks.

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