Thursday, March 27, 2008

Our judicial system is a mess.

I find it shameful when a High Court trial had to be aborted so Justice Judith Potter could undertake a six-week holiday vocation as highlighted last week.

Incredulously the Ministry of Justice has blamed the defence lawyers for running over the estimated scheduled trial time. Sadly the burdened taxpayer funds the expensive retrial, which will add to the huge backlog of criminal trials that is unfortunately allowing some lucky criminals to escape natural justice.

Is it any wonder rising public frustration is mounting when victims of crime must wait for lengthy proceedings in criminal jurisdiction before justice is seen to be done? The judicial system should prioritize the rights of the victim, as justice delayed is justice denied.

To make matters worse, many people are walking away from civil litigation as a means of obtaining fair justice, because they are faced with the overwhelming obstacles of increased costs and court delays.

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