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Why delay confirmation of chief justice?

Published:Tuesday | February 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM


This is an open letter to Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

Is it too late to rise above partisanship and do what is honourable as it relates to the appointment of the chief justice of Jamaica? Will we, as a people, always be labelled as lacking integrity?

My understanding is that with the retirement of Zaila McCalla, a clear vacancy existed for the appointment of chief justice.

After expressing your assessment of Justice Bryan Sykes as one possessing extraordinary legal insight, clarity and erudition, along with discipline, efficiency and timeliness, you decided to give this gentleman an acting position. This would seem to mean: "First, let me see how you will handle cases that affect my friends and allies!"

Mr Holness, if that is your thinking, you are truly crippling the justice system in our country. It will then not be a valid, vibrant system, but one in which our countrymen can be 'bought or sold'.

Please, Sir, do what is honourable, right and for the betterment of our country!

Of course, Chief Justice Bryan Sykes will have to prove that he is a gentleman of integrity who will act honourably, whether persons in need of a fair trial come to the courtroom wearing garbs of orange or green.