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Our society lacks discipline

Published:Saturday | January 10, 2015 | 12:00 AM


That the Jamaican society is permeated with indiscipline no one can deny. The high level of murders and other crimes of all sorts committed each year and inadequate legislations to curb them are just an outcome of this. Our public servants and private practitioners in every profession are drawn from this society, but what should concern us most is the justice system where judges today are drawn exclusively from our society, which was not so in early days. Back then, when one murder was committed in Jamaica, the whole nation was alarmed by it.

I make no apology for judges to be drawn from anywhere in the commonwealth where discipline underpins the behaviour of their citizens, and I may add that such judges should be drawn from members of the private Bar to create balance.

It is obvious that the vast majority of people in this country are not satisfied with the justice system and so they confuse the universally respected Caribbean Court of Justice with the quality of justice coming out of too many of our courts in Jamaica, and that is why recent polls show that 60 per cent of the people want a referendum, while the Constitution does not ask for a referendum as some other Constitutions do.

Most of our people do not even know about the Constitution of Jamaica and that it is the supreme law of the land. Let our schools change this. I am sure our noble minister of education, Ronald Thwaites, will take action without delay.