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achieve their objects, they pour their venom on other distinguished and respected persons in the community.

We on the Bench, do not, and will not concern ourselves with such critics. Their scandala magnatum carry no terror to us. The colour and conduct of our lives, we trust, will continue to give us a suit of armour against their arrows, and resting content in the certain knowledge that they belong to a pool of muckrakers, we shall remain steadfast in our refusal to soil our lips by replying to them.

BACKLOG OF 1956 – THE NAPIER COMMITTEE But I must return to the point I was seeking to develop. The backlog of cases and delays in their disposal, like poor relatives, have always been with us. They gave cause for grave concern not only to our revered Chief Justice of 1962, Sir Hugh Wooding, but also to the Colonial Chief Justice of 1956, Sir Joseph Mathieu-Perez.

It was because of that concern, that at the latter’s request, the Napier Committee was appointed –

“to consider and report of the system of administration of justice in the Colony [as it then was] and to make recommendations for expediting the work in all courts.”

That Committee submitted its report and recommendations on 7 January 1956 and like many other reports it was accorded the conventional treatment – read, published, discussed and forgotten; save that in this instance a few minor recommendations were

implemented.

The

profession, the

locus

Report however has remained for the classicus on the administration of justice.

Judiciary and the legal The considered views of

the Chairman on a number of topics consequently no apology is necessary to

remain as valid today repeat some of them on

as they were this occasion.

then and With the

approval of the other members of Q.C., Karl de la Bastide, Acting

the Committee, Gaston Johnston, Q.C., Malcolm Butt, S.G., A.H. Busby, Chief Magistrate, R.M. Sellier and

M.T.I. Julien, he was court accommodation

allowed to make his generally, he said:

own

“personal

independent

inquiries”,

and

on

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