Jus­tice sys­tem stinks!

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

THE ED­I­TOR, Sir: THE STENCH em­a­nat­ing from the dumps and blocked drains and gul­lies across our city pales in com­par­i­son to that com­ing from the cor­ri­dors of jus­tice in Ja­maica. Whereas the for­mer can be reme­died, there ap­pears to be no such fix avail­able for the lat­ter. The high­ways, main thor­ough­fares, as well as the streets and lanes, that com­prise th­ese cor­ri­dors need to be dug up, bull­dozed and repaved in their en­tirety.

Hav­ing had the most re­pul­sive ex­pe­ri­ences of travers­ing some of th­ese cor­ri­dors over the course of the past year, and hav­ing been ex­posed to the nau­se­at­ing fumes en route, not only through the tiny lanes but also through the high­ways of said cor­ri­dors, I can only come to the con­clu­sion that our sys­tem of jus­tice stinks!

In a pre­vi­ous let­ter to you, I had men­tioned a cou­ple of my en­coun­ters with dis­hon­est cops who presided over the mys­te­ri­ous dis­ap­pear­ance of my prop­erty while same was in their pos­ses­sion.

I could de­tail an en­counter with a cop who, in full view of his cronies, was wil­fully re­spon­si­ble for the de­struc­tion of my per­sonal prop­erty be­cause a foot­ball be­long­ing to me had the au­dac­ity to bounce over the fence and on to the grounds of his work­place.


What of a Fraud Squad that ap­pears to be un­able/un­will­ing to re­trieve a mo­tor ve­hi­cle stolen from me, even when in pos­ses­sion for six months of the name and ad­dress of the per­son cur­rently ‘bor­row­ing’ same? The stench has been al­most pal­pa­ble along th­ese streets and main thor­ough­fares along which I have to travel all too fre­quently.

Un­for­tu­nately, it gets worse as we get to the high­ways of the cor­ri­dors of jus­tice.

A suit brought by the Pro­fes­sor Bren­dan Bain against the Univer­sity of the West Indies for defama­tion and wrong­ful dis­missal was heard in front of three ‘jus­tices’ in Jan­uary 2015.

A re­port by Bar­bara Gayle, jus­tice co­or­di­na­tor, and pub­lished in your news­pa­per on Thurs­day, Jan­uary 29, 2015, said, “The full court has promised to hand down its de­ci­sion on the mat­ter with­out un­due de­lay.”

That was Jan­uary 2015. It is now Septem­ber 2016. Twenty months have elapsed.

Jus­tice de­layed is jus­tice de­nied. The stench is un­bear­able! JOHN C. ROYES The Kidz Klinik

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