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Oct 30, 2009

Faber says court process too slow

Story PictureMinister Faber was also peeved at how long he had to wait for a ruling. He said today that he fully supports the recent concerns raised by some members of the Bar Association and the Attorney General, Wilfred Elrington, about the problem of delayed rulings.

Patrick Faber, Minister of Education
“This judgment comes almost three years after the case concluded. I think February would have made three years to be exact. And it does make the point that many have been making in this society that justice takes too long and it is my view—although it is not proper to criticize a judgment—but indeed when you take so long to write a judgment, then many of the remembrances of what actually happened in the courtroom, even though I understand that it is detailed and written down and the statements are there, it takes something from the judgment when it takes so long. And in this case it is the Chief Justice himself. This is a criticism that has come and I want to put that on the record that I absolutely support those who are saying that we should have timely judgments. This is a constitutional matter. When there is the claim that somebody’s constitutional rights have been breached, justice should be swift. Justice should be swift at all times for that matter but should be even swifter when it comes to the constitutional rights of a citizen of this country and in this case it certainly was not swift.”

No court costs were awarded. Faber says he will consult with his attorneys to determine whether he will take the case any further.

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