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Letter: Fixing justice
Published on December 16, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

Dear Sir:

The work that Minister Gary Griffith and his team at the Ministry of National Security are doing is finally giving assistance and support to the hard working men and women of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service and we are seeing almost instant and measurable results.

For this to bear the good 'nation changing fruit' that it can, the country needs the public to openly support the TTPS. One of the ways that this can be accomplished is by bringing back the evening police briefing on television and I strongly urge the authorities to consider this. Wayne Mystar and JoannArchie did a marvelous job of putting 'faces' to the police service and answered questions in a forthright and professional manner that in many cases satisfied the concerns of an uneasy public.

Secondly, we need a similarly strong and focused delivery objective in the Ministry of Justice to work together with the Chief Justice to undertake to clear up the backlog, unclog the prisons and make way to deal with any new cases in a timely manner. There are retired judges that I have spoken with who have workable solutions to these problems who should be engaged on a committee with the specific responsibility of delivering these objectives.

Justice delayed is justice denied -- let our objective be a specific window of time from arrest to conviction. Three months is a reasonable timeframe and should be set as a target and promoted publicly as such.

Justice must not only be done but it must be seen to be done -- this as a truism has served us well. We need more transparency in the administration of justice, and the clearing up of excuses for all things that prevent the swift dispensation of justice is the way forward here.

Finally, criminologists tell is that criminals will make different career choices if they were reliably convinced that they would be found and that they would be prosecuted so let’s give them that assurance.

This is the tip of the spear and in my opinion, the work that must be done.

Phillip Edward Alexander
Social and Political Activist
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