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Commissions of enquiry too expensive

Published:Saturday | January 24, 2015 | 12:01 AM


The costs attached to organising commissions of enquiry in Jamaica continue to be far too expensive. Commissions of enquiry must stay, but the high costs associated with them must go.

It's time for a new way forward, in that regard.

First, a Commissions of Enquiry Club should be established, made up, primarily, of retired Jamaican judges who offer their services, when called upon, on a voluntary basis, and who all reside in Jamaica. Members of this club who sit on any given enquiry would not be paid, except for travel and lunch allowances, throughout the course of an enquiry.

Second, no commission of enquiry should last more than two months and should be held, rent free, at a suitable government-owned venue.

Last, retired judges serving as members of the aforementioned club, as an incentive, would be relieved of paying a half their annual residential property taxes - throughout the duration of their voluntary services.