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The road to political hell is paved with good intentions

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

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Dear Editor,

Prime Minister Andrew Holness means well, at least that is the prevailing sentiment which attends, perhaps, his most controversial decision to date.

I would hesitate to affix any other intent to the prime minister's actions. The ill-fated decision to appoint Bryan Sykes to act as chief justice, in furtherance of proving himself — whatever this translates to — has rightfully heightened interest in a process which is routinely smooth and without controversy.

As stated at the outset, Holness's decision to break with tradition and perhaps, as some say, with constitutional law, is rooted in a noble endeavour aimed at bringing more accountability on behalf of a citizenry whose constant refrain is “we want justice”.

It must be pointed out that however noble the pursuit, the ends cannot justify the means.

It is no secret that there exists a very low case disposal rate within our court system. This backlog has been attributed to a host of long-standing factors, chief among which relates to resource constraints. But one does not have to get entangled in legal jargon or wranglings to note that this decision begs for not only an appeal, but reversal.

In making his announcement, Holness stated that he was “from a different age with a different way of thinking”, but regardless of the times to which one belongs, some things are timeless, among them the fact that justice must not only be done but also seen to be done.

Noel Matherson





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