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Courts rife with injustice

Published:Tuesday | April 11, 2017 | 4:07 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

The front page of The Gleaner of April 7, 2017 carried a story of Chief Parish Judge Judith Pusey at the Half-Way Tree court sentencing a woman for six months without due process. The chief justice is being urged to examine the case.

The chief justice must be tired of me complaining of injustice at our courts and the misbehaviour of presiding judges. While this occurs everywhere on this planet, there can be no excuse if appropriate sanctions are not applied to reduce misbehaviour. One such incident of misbehaviour occurred in the Chapelton Resident Magistrate's Court in my presence in the 1950s when the presiding RM, absolutely not the late Herbert Shelly, said to an accused who, in cross-examining a witness, asked, "In my absence and in your presence, where was I going? The judge promptly told the witness not to answer the question and immediately said to the accused, "Straight to prison!" And to prison he went.

A number of men were charged with gambling before the same judge and, without dealing with the charge, asked the police, "What must these men do in the country parts?" He set all of them free.

OWEN CROSBIE

oss@cwjamaica.com

Mandeville, Manchester