Former Head of the Public Service, Reginald Dumas and Martin Daly SC, said it was wrong for “secret” judges to use the Judiciary’s Court Protocol and Information Unit to issue a public statement denouncing allegations against the Chief Justice.
They added, “It seems to us that these judges cannot use the Court Protocol unit office to place an advertisement that has no official status and is a private expression of opinion of an unknown number of anonymous judges.
“If the mandate is accepted by the CP unit it would be an improper use of that unit, made more serious by the unit being used to cloak a private opinion in anonymity.
Daly and Dumas said what these judges did was not in the public interest and this would further undermine the institutional reputation of the Judiciary.
Daly and Dumas feel that the only person to deal with allegations against Chief Justice Ivor Archie is the chief justice himself.
They stated,“We remain of the firm view that the person best placed to deal with the allegations in the public domain, particularly the alleged relationship with Dillian Johnson, is the Chief Justice himself,” the two men said in a joint statement issued on Sunday.
They responded to an advertisement where a group of judges stated that at no time did Archie seek to change security arrangements for judicial officers, nor did he identify any security companies to undertake the task. This group of judges said they personally paid for an advertisement to be placed in the daily newspaper to outline their position to the public.
The judges preferred to remain anonymous but gave the mandate to the Judiciary’s Court Protocol and Information Unit to make the necessary arrangements for the publication of the advertisement.
The judges are also said to have undertaken their action without the knowledge of the Chief Justice.
MARTIN DALY SC