The former Acting Registrar of the Caribbean Court of Justice, CCJ, Dr. Leighton Jackson, says the court’s restructuring should be subject to public scrutiny.
The regional court says it has been restructuring for the past several months, but that the exercise is being resisted by some managers.
Dr. Jackson, a Jamaican, left the court in May under controversial circumstances.
He has since said he would not recommend that Jamaica sign up to the CCJ as its final appellate court.
Part of Dr. Jackson’s grievance with the regional court is with the ongoing restructuring exercise.
In a letter to the editor of the Gleaner newspaper, published today, the CCJ’s former Acting Registrar says that restructuring should be subject to public scrutiny.
He points out that before the current controversy, the public was largely unaware that the CCJ was “dismantling and restructuring”.
Dr. Jackson says as a public institution, the public ought to be kept in the loop about the administration of the court.
He says this is a wonderful opportunity for the public to look at the structure of the CCJ that is being recommended to them.
Dr. Jackson says the public must be made aware of the internal institutional power distribution that facilitates the functioning of the institution, especially with regard to its judicial independence.
According to Dr. Jackson, those who’ve questioned the restructuring of the CCJ, are on the right track at last to exposing this exercise to public scrutiny and to insist on good governance in regional institutions.
Dr. Jackson left the CCJ in May, under contentious circumstances and is reportedly contemplating legal action against the court.
He’s accused the court of mismanagement, arbitrariness and even judicial misconduct.
The Court has accused him of breaching fidelity, and undermining their trust and confidence.
In today’s letter, Dr. Jackson writes that he tried to leave the CCJ back in January, after just six months on the job.
He says he realised that he was in moral opposition to the process and issues that were taking place.
However, he says he was convinced to return, and stayed with the court until his departure in May.
He has returned to his position as Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of the West Indies, Mona.