Who makes these rules?Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Last week I attended Traffic Court in Kingston and was taken aback by the goings on there.
People who have business in the court are read the do's and don'ts. You are told: When you go into the courtroom you must not have drugs or weapons on you. When answering the judge, answer “yes, Sir”, “no, Sir” or “yes, Ma'am”, “no, Ma'am” or Your Honour. No shaking and nodding of heads; or making sounds in response to questions as we do in reular conversation.
There's more: Men will tuck their shirts in their pants. Men must remove earrings, caps, jewellery. Cellphones must be turned off. You have the same things recited again just before going inside the courtroom. Failure to comply with all the above could, at the discretion of the judge, result in you being charge with contempt of court and imprisoned.
A court is where someone goes to seek justice, settle disputes, where one is tried and convicted and punished for breaches of the law and good order, or set free where the preponderance of the evidence has not met legal standards.
A courtroom should not be a place where fear is peddled and where someone's adornment offends the sensitivity of judges. Who make these rules? We are told the managers make these ridiculous rules, but we never know who the managers are?
The Court Management System must have sensible dress code. Our fashion industry should be outraged with what is happening in courts.The unelected few should not determine how we, the majority, adorn ourselves.
Authnel S Reid
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