7 Mar 2015

The Case of the Walking Documents – 3

In a continued development, the case of the documents found in the office of Gerald Ramdeen, has been reopened. Formerly closed by Chief Justice Ivor Archie, the case has been ordered reopened by Ag CoP Stephen Williams.

Readers may be wondering why I stay with this issue. The main reason is that being in possession of private court files, belonging to a judge, and being related/possibly related to the cases that are filed on behalf of complainants against the State is a big issue. It brings the entire judiciary and legal profession in Trinidad and Tobago, from Chief Justice to Judicial Support Officer and judges in between into direct suspicion that business is conducted ‘under the table’ or under suspicious circumstances.

It comes back to that old principle of the Rule of Law, that justice must be transparent:

“Nothing is to be done which creates even a suspicion that there has been an improper interference with the course of justice.”

[Lord Chief Justice Hewart in (R v Sussex Justices, Ex parte McCarthy ([1924] 1 KB 256, [1923] All ER Rep 233)]

People may more familiarly know this as:

"Not only must Justice be done; it must also be seen to be done."

I await the results of this ‘investigation’ and hope it isn’t the usual cock-up that is common on the Rock.