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I wish Justice Sykes speedy and smooth sailing

Friday, March 15, 2019

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Dear Editor,

Jamaica, for too long, seems to have taken a retrograde approach when it comes to fixing our judiciary system. It is as though the system is riding on a slow, sinking ship. While this seems to be the sad case, many of the island's people suffer as a result of the backlog of applications to various courts. It appears that our political will and legal fortitude failed many many years ago, but with the sweet utterance of Chief Justice Bryan Sykes hope seems to be on the horizon.

Divorce cases have been one of the more tedious court appearance issues. Many people filed for divorce as long as six years ago and it seems it will never come through. All while some unscrupulous lawyer enjoys making profits from the very poor who have sought their assistance in this respect.

Truly the justice system seems to have taken a retrograde approach to solving what I term very simple cases. I myself have been attending court for a matter since 2012 to present, 2019. The matter is still unsettled. Much to say it is a matter that I am not the guilty party, but the court is yet to prove this and to let me breathe freedom from fatigue.

I wish Justice Sykes speedy and smooth sailing as he seeks to rein in the untidiness that now prevails in the justice system, even until present. Truly, I too believe Jamaica's judiciary can become the best in the Caribbean, but to become the best in the world is not my vision, even for the purpose of Vision 2030.

True to form, we as a people have inherited this kind of laggard justice system from our colonial masters, and to date this has been a part of our woeful legacy since the genesis of slavery.

As a law-abiding, honest and moral-thinking person, whatsoever I can do to contribute to the transformation and transition of a better judicial system I will do it, and I implore all Jamaica to follow suit in this regard.

Justice Sykes's fate is a tall one when it comes to making any such change to our justice system; nonetheless, with the support of a not so new Jamaica Labour Party Government and other legal forces, his desire may some day become a reality, placing Justice Sykes among our Jamaica heroes.

We are taking too long to take our place among the First World countries.

Being the no-nonsense person Justice Brian Sykes is, it looks more that the rejuvenation of the justice system may soon become a reality that we all look forward to seeing in this 21st century era. I am quite happified by Justice Sykes's sweet proposals.

Alrick Davis, JP


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