THE EDITOR, Sir:
We do not have a ministry of justice. What we have is a ministry of injustice that wears blinders like an animal of a drawn vehicle.
Here is some evidence:
1. The independence of the judiciary, which is paramount, is neglected in the material respect of the poor remuneration of judges and the failure to address same over many years.
2. While rules provide for judges to hear matters anywhere so that justice may be cheaper with greater access to the people, no facility has been provided to give effect to the rules.
3. Cash transactions between members of the public can attract 10 years' imprisonment even if the transaction is untainted by criminal activity.
4. Draconian regulations against smoking are being reviewed only upon public outcry. Draconian because, for example, a man should not smoke in his house, although smoking is legal, with the consequence of fines so high and imprisonment so severe.
5. Even the most senior and experienced lawyer, who may live to the age of Methuselah, may be disqualified from practising if he does not attend a certain number of courses in a given year, at a cost to the lawyer.
OWEN S. CROSBIE