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‘CJ lacks commitment’
The recent application by the Chief Justice (CJ) to proceed on sabbatical leave for a period of six months just when there are serious pending matters hanging over his head is clear evidence of his fragrant flouting of the system. It is also a clear indication of his lack of commitment to the job.
The judicial system is in a mess and citizens from all walks of life are crying out for justice, quicker arbitration time, unbiased treatment at the hands of the law, and indeed compensation when wronged. What about the run-down state of the courts in T&T? What about all the corruption taking place in the system where people are short changed where justice is concerned. Isn’t the CJ even concerned that a number of police officers are now being charged and convicted for soliciting and accepting bribes? It’s as if the CJ thinks that the job is a joyride and he has been given permanent vacation when he was appointed to the post.
The Law Association of Trinidad & Tobago (Latt) is well within its rights to call for an investigation into the conduct of the CJ since the governing body over all matters concerning the State have taken a back seat and refuse to do its job. If someone does not do something and do it soon, we will only sink deeper and deeper into the mire. Perhaps the ‘selection’ process for this most important job in the land needs to be carefully revisited. This time around it was certainly a ‘bad’ choice.
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