June 27, 2017

The judiciary is supposed to be an independent arm of the State

Dear Editor,

It is ironic that the conduct of the Attorney-General and Minister of Legal Affairs in Justice Holder’s Court took place during the hearing of the suspension of the holder of an independent constitutional office by the President acting on the advice of his next in command, Prime Minister Moses Nagamoottoo.

It is public knowledge that the President allegedly called in Carvil Duncan, the Chairman of the Public Service Commission, a member of the Judicial Service Commission and the Police Service Commission. He admitted demanding his resignation from these commissions, asserting at the same time that he did not want blood spilled upon his carpet.

It is unknown if Justice Holder’s Court is fitted with carpet but the accusations/complaints made by him and the Attorney-General and Minister of Legal Affairs seems to have left one of them with a bloodied nose.

Seeking the intervention of the President has certainly exposed the Judiciary as a whole as a cowering arm of the State in violation of the concept of the separation of powers.

The judiciary is supposed to be an independent arm of the State and the suspension of an office Holder, i.e. Duncan, may explain justly the action of the Chancellor (ag). She may be excused for thinking that if he can be suspended she can suffer the same fate if the judges were to sanction the Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs.

 

Sincerely,

Dr Roger Luncheon