Judges Show Their Political Stripes/​deceptive Veneer Gone For Good.…

The actions of a large num­ber of the Jamaican judi­cia­ry [unelect­ed by any­one] two days ago demon­strate that they believe they are above over­sight and that they should oper­ate by fiat.
That mind­set places them above the laws and above the over­sight of the Jamaican peo­ple who pay their salaries.
The Prime Minister is well with­in his right to ensure that who­ev­er he choos­es (as autho­rized by the con­sti­tu­tion) is the best per­son for the job.
Judges are not kings and as such, the per­son who has the respon­si­bil­i­ty to select a chief jus­tice has every right to ensure that the per­son cho­sen is qual­i­fied to do the job effec­tive­ly.

The very same enti­ties and indi­vid­u­als who insist that the Jamaican Judiciary must be above polit­i­cal over­sight of any sort, do not believe that anoth­er Government enti­ty the Jamaica Constabulary Force should enjoy the same free­doms.
In fact, they clam­or for mul­ti­ple lay­ers of over­sight for the Police so much so that the police has six (6) offi­cial over­sight bod­ies and a litany of oth­er Agencies which pur­port to be rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the inter­est of those whose rights have been vio­lat­ed.
But then, bash­ing the police has become Jamaica’s biggest growth indus­try, for which there is a ready-made audi­ence”. — Mark Ricketts, econ­o­mist, author and lec­tur­er.

What is the rea­son for the bipo­lar posi­tion on two sep­a­rate arms of gov­ern­ment tasked with the very same out­come, just with dif­fer­ent func­tions?
To get the answer to that ques­tion one has to under­stand the his­to­ry of our coun­try, the way Jamaicans see those who wield pow­er and how they view them­selves in that equa­tion.
That must also be viewed in the con­text of how the JCF came into exis­tence, the strained rela­tion­ship the agency has had with the pop­u­la­tion over the decades, and final­ly who staff the depart­ment.

In many ways, Jamaica has been unable to shake off some of the most destruc­tive ves­tiges of her colo­nial past. Deeply embed­ded in those ves­tiges is the omnipresent caste sys­tem which stub­born­ly exists to this day. Jamaican cops are prod­ucts of the poor­er caste of the Island. Jamaican Lawyers not so much. In essence, based on the trap­pings of being in the upper caste, even those who some­how claw their way out of abject pover­ty and make it through law school would rather pre­tend that their past nev­er exist­ed. Such is the way those who have acquired some degree of edu­ca­tion see them­selves and that is the way the pop­u­la­tion views them.

It’s incred­i­ble that any­one could prof­fer the notion that the Prime Minister does not have the author­i­ty to install some­one on a tem­po­rary basis while he does due dili­gence to ensure that the per­son final­ly cho­sen is the best fit for the job.
The mere fact that Justice Sykes was installed sug­gests that the PM had duly informed him­self of jus­tice Syke’s bona fides and want­ed to make sure as he should, hav­ing been tasked with choos­ing the right per­son under the con­sti­tu­tion.
The idea that what the Prime Minister did is tan­ta­mount to Political inter­fer­ence is ridicu­lous when it is his duty to select a can­di­date, the best can­di­date to fill the post.

Judges are not elect­ed by the peo­ple, it is the peo­ple’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives who appoint them, there­fore it must be the right of the peo­ple’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives to ensure best prac­tices are adhered to as the PM intend­ed (PM par­ty neu­tral).
Judges can­not be allowed to con­tin­ue allow­ing crim­i­nals back onto the streets as soon as they are arrest­ed, and stop­ping cas­es from pro­ceed­ing with­out being answer­able to any­one.

Last year alone, 1616 peo­ple were report­ed mur­dered, some esti­mates indi­cate those may have been mod­est num­bers.
Several of those homi­cides could have been avoid­ed if judges across the Island had done their jobs with­out sup­plant­i­ng the laws with their own per­son­al bias­es and opin­ions.
In hun­dreds of cas­es police ver­i­fi­ably demon­strat­ed that these monarchs,[sic] sum­mar­i­ly and sur­rep­ti­tious­ly grant­ed bail to mur­der sus­pects in a mul­ti­plic­i­ty of instances. This they do in cas­es where sus­pects are allowed out to kill over and over and over with­out fac­ing a sin­gle jury to answer for their crimes.

In oth­er instances, vio­lent offend­ers who com­mit egre­gious felonies using firearms are giv­en sus­pend­ed sen­tences, some are admon­ished and dis­charged. On the occa­sions in which they both­er to arrive at a cus­to­di­al sen­tence the time giv­en in rela­tion to the crimes com­mit­ted leaves observers aghast at the obvi­ous sense­less­ness of the sen­tences hand­ed down.
Their behav­ior has severe­ly cor­rupt­ed the process and sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly destroyed the con­fi­dence of the pub­lic in the abil­i­ty of the sys­tem to dis­pense jus­tice in a fair and equi­table way.
The end result is a dra­mat­ic increase in vio­lent crimes and a seri­ous uptick in assaults on the per­sons of our law enforce­ment offi­cers.

In our par­lia­men­tary demo­c­ra­t­ic sys­tem as in a repub­li­can democ­ra­cy, it is the peo­ple’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives who appoint judges, they must be account­able to the peo­ple. This is only pos­si­ble when those tasked with select­ing Judges use best prac­tices and apply due dili­gence when choos­ing mem­bers to fill vacan­cies on the bench.
The clos­ing down of the courts by activist judges two days ago final­ly peeled back the thin veneer which gave the impres­sion that they were any­thing but polit­i­cal prac­ti­tion­ers oper­at­ing as inde­pen­dent tri­ers of fact.

2 thoughts on “Judges Show Their Political Stripes/​deceptive Veneer Gone For Good.…

  1. At first they came for the Jamaican Constabulary Force and it’s mem­bers and the judges were silent because they’re not police offi­cers. Then, they came for the Jamaican Chief Justice and the judges speak out and protest with the sup­port of the oppo­si­tion PNP par­ty and the pub­lic. The Prime Minister relent­ed.

    The dif­fer­ence between the judges and the police is that they have friends in high places who are mak­ing sure that the polit­i­cal class in Jamaica know that they are not going to let you invade their space and allow them to oper­ate as an impar­tial enti­ty.

    However all of us who are knowl­edge­able and cog­nizant of the func­tion of the judges in Jamaica, know that a major­i­ty of them are crim­i­nal sym­pa­thiz­ers, sup­port­ers, and most­ly PNP (Socialist) activists on the bench.

    We have seen time and time again that PNP par­ty mem­bers , whether par­lia­men­tar­i­an don’t go to prison for their crimes. Danhi Williams a known PNP par­ty activist swin­dled, defraud­ed, and stolen $bil­lions from Operation Pride; he was con­vict­ed in the Half Way Tree RM court and was exon­er­at­ed on appeal. The judges in his appeal did­n’t even both­er to write any rea­son for their deci­sions. That’s how things are done in Jamaica!

    Former Minister of gov­ern­ment, Kern Spencer was arrest­ed and charged for swin­dling, defraud­ed, and steal­ing from the cof­fers of the Jamaican peo­ple and he was acquit­ted by the judge in the mat­ter. In the end, the judge who acquit­ted and freed Kern Spencer was pro­mot­ed to a high­er office in the Justice depart­ment. Criminals have no morals and they are every­where in Jamaica. Not only in the poor com­mu­ni­ties, but in top lev­el posi­tions that affects peo­ple’s­lives.

    Of all the gov­ern­ment agen­cies that needs over­sight is the court sys­tem and some of the judges.

    When they are talk­ing about the cor­rup­tion in Jamaica. The police force is the first fore­most orga­ni­za­tion that they will glad­ly point out and labeled as the most cor­rupt­ed.

    To date the only set of cit­i­zens in Jamaica know that some of the judges in Jamaica are super cor­rupt are the cur­rent Director of Public Prosecutions Miss. Paula Llewellyn, mem­bers of the Jamaican Constabulary Force and it’s mem­bers and the aver­age man who can deci­pher things.

    To date we don’t hear any­thing from the elit­ists, ghet­to intel­lec­tu­als and the uncon­scionable depraved mind­ed peo­ple in Jamaica that the court sys­tem and the judges need an over­sight agency!

    The judge that freed Kern Spencer should be kicked off the bench and out of the jus­tice sys­tem.

    I know for a fact that they are more suit­able, cred­i­ble, decent, no non­sense, hon­est, eth­i­cal, and moral­ly inclined judges in Jamaica who are loy­al to the Jamaican Constitution and the rule of law: Mrs. Gloria Smith, McIntosh, Martin Gayle, and Haynes. When I was a police offi­cer, I’ve heard big time lawyers hates hav­ing their cas­es heard before them because they fol­low the Jamaican laws by the book.

    Jamaica is a crim­i­nals par­adise in the Caribbean Sea and they are every­where in the Jamaican soci­ety.

  2. Cannot agree with you more on Mr and Mrs McIntosh . Cannot agree with you more on Judith Pusey who did not allow the Kern Spencer tri­al to even go to a tri­al.
    Cannot agree with you more about the court of appeals deci­sion not to even both­er writ­ing a rea­son for their deci­sion.
    I recall many oth­er cas­es where mon­ey change hands and cas­es are tossed on appeal, good cas­es uncer­e­mo­ni­ous­ly tossed on appeal for no good rea­son.
    The judi­cia­ry is cor­rupt .

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