Sunday, April 14, 2024

Sir David sets record straight


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IN YESTERDAY’S SUNDAY SUN we published two stories, Too Much ‘indecision’ on Page 5A and Sir David Against Appointing Of Judges By PM on Page 12A, arising from a public lecture delivered by retired Chief Justice Sir David Simmons last Friday night. 

Sir David has since pointed out, however, that there were a number of errors relating to both articles.

In the third column of the article on Page 5A, it said: “Sir David said making decisions within a reasonable time was a function of good governance.” In fact, what Sir David said was that it was a function of “time management”.

The last paragraph stated: “He said that systematic delays . . . could only be corrected with the help of foreign expertise.” The word Sir David used was “systemic”, but his reference to foreign expertise was in relation to an apparent lack of coordination between the courts and the registry in regard to the specific matter of setting down cases for trial. The technology existed but was not being used correctly to bring about the requisite harmonisation, Sir David explained. (RRM)

Please read the full story in today’s Daily Nation, or in the eNATION edition.


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