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CCJ not immune to corruption

Published:Monday | July 9, 2018 | 12:00 AM


It is sad to have read in a recent article that Donna Scott Mottley is reminding Prime Minister Andrew Holness about the historical position adopted by the People's National Party in regard to its acceptance of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) being Jamaica's final court of appeal.

I would shudder to think that the prime minister would use his acceptance of one individual, president of the CCJ, Adrian Saunders, as justification to take Jamaica into any new and serious endeavour.

Are the framework and system of the CCJ immune to the influences of male-dominated secret societies, where the members are constrained by secret oaths to protect each other in all circumstances and unconstrained by global reach? Are the members of the CCJ and, by extension, Jamaican politicians oath takers in such societies? Is there a clear directive in the framework of the CCJ to avoid such?

As I ponder this issue, I cannot help but wonder about the precipitous decline we are witnessing worldwide in regard to civil liberties and the trust once placed in civic institutions.

The institution of Christianity, in its pure form, forbids the taking of oaths, especially for membership.

Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it.