I start the column this week by posing two serious questions. Are you satisfied with the pace of our justice system? And secondly are you comfortable with the quality of our public health services? There are quite a few more, but we will deal for now with the two aforementioned, mainly because they impact so many of our citizens.
Our justice system is in a mess. What with 758 people awaiting trial for murder. We are forced to ask: Where is the justice here? Many years ago, we were toying with the idea of doing away with the tedious process of preliminary inquiries. Because we all know that such inquiries could take years. What has become of that? We are still to hear. This does not take into account the dozens of unsolved murders which have taken place over decades.
Now we all know of the very many vacancies that today exist in the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) even though we have scores of qualified young people graduating from the Hugh Wooding Law School every year. This number doesn’t take into account the other campuses of The University of the West Indies (UWI) and to a lesser extent, other tertiary institutions.