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Restore confidence in the justice system

Published:Thursday | May 6, 2021 | 12:13 AM


The case of incompetence within Jamaica’s court system has seen appealant Raymond Morgan serving his entire prison term, even while his appeal languished in the system inordinately.

It is precisely for this reason why the current president of the Court of Appeal was sharply critical of the very court process over which he presides.

In recent time, there has been too high a number of persons lost in the court system and remain almost forever incarcerated as a result of a floundering and inept court system.

When I listen to Paula Llewellyn as she urges the population towards confidence in the system, I can’t help but making the point to her, that it only takes one flagrant case of justice denied to label the entire system as antagonistic to justice.

Unless there is a national apology to Mr Morgan, and full compensation by the Jamaican State for its blunder, followed by permanent repair to the system’s systemic faults, it will be hard, if not impossible, to restore the confidence of the populace in our delivery of justice.

The matter strikes at the heart of the ‘haves and the have-nots’, where the perception is entrenched that justice is inaccessible to the poor in this starkly classist society in which we live.