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Backlog of cases an administrative problem
In any organisation where individuals have certain responsibilities and where one has to be absent for a few days, it is not expected that ongoing matters would be altered by his temporary replacement. As such, Mr Volney is only compounding this situation by continuing to cast blame for the matter on the shoulders of others.
There are several learned legal minds in the Cabinet and one would have thought this would bring about an ease on the Attorney General and that is where the issue of trust comes in. It is a lesson for the AG that he ought not to take things for granted.
When one dissects the issues pertaining to the early proclamation of Section 34, it is only natural a certain type of observation can be concluded. The fact that the media brought this to the public’s attention, and their immediate reaction, where some politicians seized the opportunity to take in front, it has saved the entire Parliament, the Chief Justice, the DPP and the country if the entire bill was proclaimed in January, as many would agree with the acting President that Section 34 is a bad law.
The backlog of cases seems more of an administrative problem than one to be solved by legislative means. This may serve to reduce the chances of those of public importance being discontinued. There is an abundance of lawyers in this country along with retired judges and magistrates who can be used in the appointment of tribunals to address the backlog starting with matters 15 years and older, and then those 12 to 15 years old, determining the merits of continuing or not.
One can see that the Government wants to get things done but at the same time there must be transparency.
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