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Justice delayed

Written By : Rajend Naidu Sydney. I read in the news from Fiji that the interim Attorney-General has asked that judges be left alone to decide when a judgement should
12 Jun 2008 12:00

Written By : Rajend Naidu Sydney. I read in the news from Fiji that the interim Attorney-General has asked that judges be left alone to decide when a judgement should be delivered to ensure the independence and impartiality of the judiciary.
But the courts are a part of society and as such must be responsive to the expectations of the society of which they are a part. Why must the ordinary people be compelled to hold the court in thrall and the judges as demi-gods above the rest of human society?
When an ordinary public servant does not deliver the services he is meant to deliver “on time” everyone feels free to want to plant their boots in his seat to get him to get on with the job.
What’s so extra special about judges?
Are they not paid public servants?
Why must they be exempted from operating within time frames?
Doesn’t this system lend itself to abuse and cynical manipulation?


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