Saturday, September 8, 2012

Dr. Freddy Patel. (UK): A message of universal application from lawyer Michael Mansfield: "Justice can't be treated as a business enterprise."

COMMENTARY: "Justice can't be treated as a business enterprise: The Freddy Patel case shows how market forces inevitably lead to creeping deregulation if applied to the legal system by Michael Mansfield, published in The Guardian on August 29, 2012. (Michael Mansfield QC is a human rights lawyer.)

GIST: It could be regarded as the understatement of the century to wonder where quality control of evidential sources has gone. This has immediate ramifications for the overall integrity of our system of justice and should ring alarm bells in all quarters. The whole sullied picture is exacerbated by the iniquitous cuts in public funding which have already hit forensic science resources but are also impacting upon the quality and numbers of personnel who are willing to engage in the system at all levels. If market forces are to be the determinative factor in the quest for truth then, just like most economies, we will be heading for irretrievable meltdown. Justice is not a business enterprise, still less a commodity. It is "truth in action"."

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