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More being said than done in justice

Monday, February 19, 2018

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Dear Editor,

It has been said that, “When all is said and done, more will always be said than done.”

With Prime Minister Andrew Holness's declared targeting of an ultimate political legacy as the leader of the Government that implements, or gets things done, the time is right to highlight at least one simple reason it is important to finally implement some practical things to improve justice, accountability and effective customer service in the justice system.

There are many facets to this one reason or factor, but the overall issue, in my view, may be summed up in one objective — the need to reduce or eliminate costly and unnecessary delays and inconvenience to the largely poor and relatively defenceless Jamaicans who end up in the court/justice system, whether as accused or complainants.

We have to wonder if it suits many in the legal fraternity for the status quo to remain unchanged. Might this not be a reason so many judges and lawyers have spoken, virtually with one voice, against Holness's “acting appointment” and comment about the need for improved accountability in the justice system?

Many who experience the court and prison systems, at various levels, are unable to resist the temptation to conclude that the entire dysfunctional system is designed to facilitate the legal fraternity's earnings, as decisions are delayed, and cases are postponed countless times to the distress and expense of their hapless and often-powerless clients.

Here's hoping that when all is said and done, and regardless of what else is said and done in relation to the acting and appointment of Chief Justice Bryan Sykes, more will now be done to improve accountability and efficiency in the administration and dispensation of justice in Jamaica than has been said and/or done in recent times.

C A Gordon

Kingston 10

carltongor@gmail.com

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