Stuart Jack, a governor with balls. It is not often that you see a British governor of a colony taking firm action to restore integrity in public office. I have written often enough about the FCO’s preferred technique of brushing the dirt under the carpet. But, Stuart Jack is a governor of a different breed. It will be interesting to see if he serves out his full term of appointment in
On 28 March, Jack announced that he had sent Police Commissioner Stuart Kernohan, Deputy Commissioner Rudolph Dixon, and Detective Chief Superintendent John Jones on leave with immediate effect. He announced he was doing this to enable an investigating team from the Metropolitan Police Service led by Detective Chief Superintendent Martin Bridger to proceed with enquiries. This followed earlier investigations into allegations made against Deputy Commissioner Anthony Ennis which resulted in Ennis’ complete exoneration.
On 23 July, the independence and reputation of the judiciary took a blow. Chief Justice Anthony Smellie was obliged by rumours circulating in the
On 5 August,
On 16 September, Governor Jack announced the appointment of a Judicial Tribunal to investigate allegations of misbehaviour in judicial office against Judge Levers. The allegations concern certain “financial irregularities”. The Tribunal will be chaired by Sir Andrew Leggatt QC, a former Justice of Appeal in the
Then, on 24 September, Jack announced the arrest of Judge Alexander Henderson on charges of misconduct in public office. He was held and questioned at the police station until his release the following day. It seems he was only arrested because he refused to be interviewed in the investigation into the activities of the suspended police officers. He had given a written statement, but refused to be cross-examined orally. So, they arrested him and questioned him for several hours. We all hope it was nothing more than that. The judge has an excellent reputation both in Canada and in the Cayman Islands.
As a result, the rule of law in our sister
At present, no one in
I am quite confident that no judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court will ever find himself in a similar position. The magistracy is a different matter. We all remember the stories that were circulating about certain magistrates over the past twenty years. Not one of them was ever charged with any offence, far less arrested. They were all allowed to quietly depart from
As usual, all parties mentioned are innocent of any crime until they are convicted by a jury of their peers, the good men and women of the