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Wanted: fair justice system

Published:Friday | April 9, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The Editor, Sir:

In discussing Jamaica's crime problem with a couple of friends, we determined that one of our nation's main problems is the way our people resolve disagreements. With this thought in mind, I ask the leaders of Jamaica what sort of system they have in place within our nation to resolve disputes between citizens in a quick, affordable and fair manner.

If such a system is not in place and is not being run properly in a society, there is a high probability that people are going to have to seek other ways of getting justice. This is what I perceive has happened in Jamaica. The court system is not capable of resolving disputes between the citizens of Jamaica in a quick, affordable and fair manner. Because of this fact, we have seen the rise of dons or strongmen who, in their own wicked way, do seem to provide a type of justice.

Justice for all

From way back, great civilisations have made sure that fair and honest justice is available for the least to the greatest in their kingdoms. The teachings of the Jewish prophets and scribes, upon which western civilisation hangs, warn leaders that they must provide justice for all - even in Babylon, the Code of Hammurabi gives the same assurances. The great leaders of old made sure that quick fair and affordable justice was available for each and every citizen under their rule. I ask, is this true of Jamaica now?

In order to bring peace and stability to Jamaica, the leaders of the land must make sure that there is a system that allows for quick, fair and affordable resolutions of disagreements for each and every citizen in the land.

I am, etc.,