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The law and the question of legality

Thursday, March 8, 2018

There’s a growing perception in this country that the outcomes of cases aren’t always based on straightforward arguments and principles of law.

When Justice Nadia Kangaloo barred the Law Association from investigating the conduct of the head of the judiciary and prevented its members from hearing opinions from independent experts, legal circles focused their subsequent debates on the skill of the teams involved, the clever optics used and the weight of their arguments. But the average tax paying citizen is still left with questions as to what happened, whether the Chief Justice was a victim of bias or whether he did indeed compromise himself and his office.

Section 137 of the Constitution is clear on the grounds for disciplinary proceedings and removal. What is unclear now, is what power the Law Association actually wields. While the Law Association readies its appeal and the CJ himself prepares for coinciding sabbatical, the public has not put this matter to rest. The rights of the Chief Justice as well as the right of the public to know what’s next and who wields what power, are valid. This is not just a matter of law, it’s also a matter of public education.

What conservation policy?

It’s lovely to hear a government minister say that some work places are simply too cold and that an energy conservation policy should be implemented.

That’s great because it’s what everyone has been saying for a few decades. Taking off lights inside office buildings at night, adjusting AC units—really all good plans. But what about those other bigger plans for renewable energy that we’ve been hearing about and debating for years? Solar, wind and other energy sources? Are we serious about doing what’s right, for the sake of conserving our future? Being realistic about policies for a sustainable future is far more urgent.

Dare yourself!

To 11-year-old Keziah John who passed the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate exam, while still waiting to write this year’s SEA, yours is the kind of story we love to tell. That you dared to try, to dream big, to not “stay in your lane”, you have inspired us all. You told your peers “though its bigger than you, still do it.” Thanks for reminding us that where there is vision, where there is curiosity and a will to defy the odds, there is often a path to victory.


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