The Chairman, I know, is never impressed with a point unless it is supported by high authority. My experience as his Junior in a number of cases at the Bar has taught me that. Consequently, I feel confident that he will not only take the views of these two illustrious gentlemen under advisement, but bear in mind also that as they are longer alive, their views carry far greater weight today, than when they first uttered them.
THE MAGISTRATES As for the Magistrates of the country, a sadly neglected group of indefatigable and dedicated judicial officers, I am advised by the Chief Magistrate that he and his fellow magistrates have strong reasons now to hope that their just claims will be met, and that their nagging frustrations of more than ten years will soon come to a merciful end. I share their hopes and give them my full support.
MR OWAD PERMANAND While on the Magistracy I should like to place on record that the accusation of impropriety made against Mr. Permanand by a lady magistrate before the de la Bastide Commission of Inquiry and referred to at p.50 of the Report proved to be utterly baseless, and that he received a letter from the Judicial and Legal Service Commission exonerating him from any such impropriety. It is only fair that this should be publicly stated, as the Report which only remains noted by Cabinet so far received the widest publicity in the news media.
CONGRATULATIONS Before concluding, I should like on behalf of my brother judges and myself to offer Mr. J.A. Wharton, Q.C. our warmest congratulations on the award of the country’s highest honour to him – the Trinity Cross. Mr. Wharton has had a long, distinguished and unblemished career at the Bar and has served this country loyally and with distinction in several fields. His standing at the Bar is high in the estimation of the Judges and we are happy to acknowledge that the recognition accorded him by our country has given us much pleasure.