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Friday, 19 April 2013

THE DUAL ROLE OF THE BAILIFF FARCE - STATES PRESIDENT BANS STATEMENT ON THE CHIEF JUDGE I.E. HIMSELF!

Democracy and justice in Jersey working as well as ever...

I publish below the personal statement set to be read by Deputy Shona Pitman on behalf of us both within the States Sitting on Tuesday the 16th April 2013. It complies with Standing Orders in every way. Indeed it relates matters entirely linked to our personal case - highlighting as it does the appalling abuse of the 'justice' system that we have suffered. Even the names of those who have caused this travesty were deliberately omitted for the statement.
 
Of course, though all facts outlined relate to our personal case clearly the unchecked abuse and failings in what is passed off as 'justice' in Jersey obviously cast light on deeply disturbing matters that will impact on anyone else - particularly of 'peasant stock' -daring to stand up against the bullying, elitism and abuse of position on which Jersey's Establishment has been constructed and survived over all these decades. Inconvenient for some this may be, we accept. But it is wholly irrelevant.
 
Yet regardless of this full compliance Jersey's Bailiff Sir Michael Birt banned us from carrying out our right - enshrined in Standing orders - as elected representatives of the people.  He manages to interpret Standing Order 16 (2) in a way that is the equivilent of transforming black into white - or perhaps in this case case white into black.

It is a farce. It is embarrassing. It is yet another sickening abuse of democracy and justice. Of course, we know that the Jersey Evening Pravda and its lawyers are working desperately to suppress the truth of the complete and utter failure of the court case from which they seek to bebefit  from to comply with ECHR Article 6. Indeed, it is even easy to understand their desperartion if not their lack of morals in doing so: they had convenienetly been allowed a Jurat who was the 'mate' of a compmany director to sit on the case!

But should we not be able to expect more from the Pressident of the island's government than using his position to try and keep these facts from the public? How unfortunate it is that the person ultimately responsible for allowing the appalling abuse of an inpossibly conflicted Jurat (one John Le Breton) to preside over our case just happened to be the President of the States himself within his 'other' role as Chief Judge? Yes, the very same jersey Bailiff whose Office had indisputably failed so utterly!

Lord McNally, Justice Minister for the United Kingdom government: when will you finally wake up and smell the coffee. 'Justice' in this beautiful island of ours; just as with the Dual Role itself is a total affront to a modern democracy.
 
 
 
PERSONAL STATEMENT: 16th  APRIL 2013 
 
'This statement has been jointly written by both Deputy Trevor Pitman and I.   
 
In April of 2012, Members will recall we unsuccessfully took a defamation action against the Jersey Evening Post and the estate agents, Broadlands; this being for the publication of an advert which we believed portrayed us as standing for election primarily for financial gain. 
 
Individuals will have their own opinion as to the excuses put forward by the defendants as underlying an advert that depicted us smirking with the words ‘4 x the salary, darling!’ Not least because the reality was that our joint annual income had dropped by £5000, with us both now being States Members; nor indeed was 4 x a salary the mortgage lending rate at the time.
 
 
Nevertheless, the fact is that there are very serious Human Rights issues concerning our court hearing and the wider judicial system generally which have either been deliberately misrepresented or even wholly suppressed by the local mainstream media.  
 
We highlight this now within this forum, because they have severely affected not only us and our families and friends but; as the Judiciary is meant to be there to protect and serve the interests of all people, this statement is relevant to all Islanders.  The fact is that these concerns go to the very root of the right of all people to be given a fair and just trial in accordance with European Court of Human Rights Article 6.  
 
Sadly, in spite of the evidenced reality of the failings in the court process underlying our case the greatest concern of all is that those at the apex of the Jersey Justice system refuse to acknowledge these errors.  That this should be so even with such clear breaches regarding the requirement for a Jurat or juror to recuse him or herself due to a conflict of interest, arising from a relationship existing with a plaintiff or defendant must be seen as deeply worrying. Mistakes, of course, are made by all. Yet once highlighted genuine mistakes are then acknowledged and put right. 
 
That such a conflicting relationship i.e. a personal friendship exists between the individual who was the senior Jurat sitting on our case and the longest-standing Director of the Guiton Group, who own the JEP is indisputable.  Indeed, upon this coming to light after the trial had concluded - thanks to members of the public contacting both ourselves and our lawyers – this relationship has been confirmed: the Jurat even admitting socialising with the director including at each other’s homes.  
 
Yet the Jurat; the Bailiff and his Deputy all astonishingly still attempt to play this down.  The question that obviously has to be asked is why?  
 
 
After all, the wholly inappropriate nature of this Jurat ignoring the rules on recusal, to sit, is starkly demonstrated by the correct decision of the Bailiff and Deputy Bailiff - that they themselves were conflicted and thus could not sit on the case due to our purely political relationship.  This is, it is quite obvious, a relationship that is far less personal and intimate than that existing between the Jurat and the company director of the defendant’s newspaper.  Neither of us has ever socialised privately at either Crown Officers’ home or them at our own.  There is no personal relationship whatsoever. 
 
That the Jersey Evening Post has misled their readers by not reporting this reality should be of great concern to all who are committed to justice and transparency. The truth is that the JEP through their lawyers, and Broadlands are currently still attempting to seek in the region of £200,000 from us on the back of proceedings which they are well aware are wholly in conflict with ECHR Article 6. What, both we and our families and friends ask, does this say about the integrity of these organisations and the justice system?  
 
Since our case it is interesting to note that we have seen a move by the Home Affairs Minister, that should there be a perceived conflict with local Jurats sitting on a case, Guernsey Jurats will be able to be seconded to the Island to preside over consideration of evidence and fact in a case.  This is to many aware of the situation a recognition that the current situation cannot be satisfactory in all instances.  
 
Yet the Bailiff, Deputy Bailiff and Chief Minister upon appeals to them, apparently do not view our case as an instance where such modernisation would need to be employed.  Is it any wonder we consequently ask that  a growing number of people - upon becoming aware of our treatment - begin to wonder that there may be some more sinister, perhaps political motive behind all of this?  
 
It is also equally apparent to us that to save the Island money our Jurats, simply should not be permitted to sit on specific bodies such as boards of media groups; as although they may recuse themselves on a case they may still be a friend of a colleague on such a body.  As the late Lord Denning and others have stressed the Judiciary simply must be seen to be unbiased, transparent and highly professional because it is called upon to make decisions that can change, the course of person’s life.  There must be no perception of even potential bias.  
 
The public must be in no doubt that justice in our Island is beyond reproach and guaranteed for all; and is not dependant upon the depth of a person’s wallet or holding a position of influence. Since our highlighting of these concerns via both local Citizens’ Media justice campaigners and international media the fact that so many people are now approaching us and colleagues with justice issues demonstrates that the total confidence that should exist in the Island to this regard does not. As previously announced a portfolio of these separate cases is currently being collated for eventual presentation to the Lieutenant-Governor.  
 
Yet unfortunately there is also a second very serious concern highlighted by what has come to light since the hearing of our own case. Sadly it relates to the very same Jurat and raises serious questions about the whole validity of his tenure; and in particular his capability to make sound judgements that any and all members of the public could have confidence in. It also raises serious questions as to the adequacy of both the appointment and monitoring processes relating to Jurats in Jersey. 
 
The Jurat (now retired) was previously employed as a Vice-Principle at Victoria College. As revealed in the Sharp Report 1999, a document still suppressed by the Education, Sport & Culture Department this individual refused to look at evidence against his then friend and colleague, the convicted paedophile, Andrew Jervis-Dykes. Jervis-Dykes was eventually sentenced to 4 years for the sexual abuse of College pupils. 
 
As reported by Stephen Sharp not only did the Jurat allowed to sit on our case refuse, as Vice-Principle to look at evidence against Jervis-Dykes, he subsequently even wrote to the Board of Governors supporting the Jervis-Dykes.  Amongst other comments he described the paedophile as having served the College with ‘outstanding competence and conscientiousness’.  Further still, that unless the Police pressed charges the matter could be seen as arising from an ‘unsubstantiated allegation’; and that if Jervis-Dykes had to resign he should be allowed to work out his notice still teaching and then ‘resign with some dignity’! 
 
We were deeply shocked to discover that in spite of all of this, having opted to take early retirement when the Jervis-Dykes case finally became public this individual was shortly afterward put forward to become a Jurat.  Proposed for this role by people including none other than a former President of the Education Committee; a former States Member who was actually on the Victoria College Board of Governors when the Jervis-Dykes abuse scandal took place.  
 
Although this was unknown to us until after our court case when we managed to get hold of a copy of the Sharp Report the clear and very serious failings apparent in this Jurat’s judgement highlighted by Stephen Sharp were clearly known to many within the hierarchy of Jersey’s Law Office and justice system: including both the present and previous Bailiff (who was actually on the Victoria College Board of Governors himself). The responsibility for monitoring an individual’s appropriateness for the role of Jurat lies with the Bailiff and the Superior Number – the other Jurats – yet no one at any time acted on these concerns. Why?
 
How, we ask Members, can we have any confidence that a Jurat - who had already demonstrated this deeply suspect judgement and attitude to evidence against a paedophile would or could then put aside the clear and serious conflict of interest of his personal relationship with the director of a company owning the Jersey Evening Post who were defendants in our case?  We cannot.  Jurats are, of course, not trained or classed as ‘expert’ in the same way as a Judge. They are lay people and thus subject to the same prejudicial concerns as members of a jury. 
 
It is quite clear that rather than maintaining silence on the failings within the process of our court case, the authorities should have long moved for a mistrial.  It is simply not right or good enough that these serious failings are met with a response of ‘if you don’t like it, simply appeal.’  Not only did the above all come to light after the court case’s conclusion the reality is that we, like the majority of Islanders, do not have the tens of thousands of pounds needed to appeal.  Nor, indeed, should people be left in this position as a direct consequence of what are clear failings by an individual Jurat for not recusing himself as required; and equally by the Bailiff’s Office for not having ensured all was as required for an ECHR compliant trial. 
 
To this regard, we would also express our sincere gratitude to the political colleagues past and present who have been brave enough to write to the UK Justice Minister expressing their support for us in raising these concerns. A further fact that the Jersey Evening Post have conveniently kept from their readers in misrepresenting the realities of a case they know is deeply flawed yet seek to benefit from.  
 
That the UK Justice Minister has thus far failed to intervene in the interests of ensuring justice and good governance in our Crown Dependency is deeply disturbing to many. Indeed, it is surely absurd and indicative of a relationship in need of overhaul that the Minister instead offers to refer the failings to the Island’s Bailiff – the very Office whose failings have allowed this to happen in the first place.  
Justice we repeat should be guaranteed for all irrespective of political leanings.  It cannot be allowed within any true and self-respecting democracy to become a tool of suppressing dissenting voices.  Failure to rectify the wrongs that have been allowed to happen in our case against the JEP and Broadlands can be seen only as evidence that this is the unfortunate and unpalatable reality of the court system in Jersey today. 
 
We shall thus continue our fight until we get the justice that is so rightly ours and that of all Islanders.'

31 comments:

  1. Jacques Michel Chartier19 April 2013 at 14:52:00 BST

    Hear hear.

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  2. You are lucky enough to be in a high profile position where you can publicise this corruption where most aren't as fortunate but I want to thank you for doing so. The UK HAVE TO STEP IN!!!!!

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  3. This post probably sums up everything that is wrong with Jersey. It is not the island it is those at the top who think they own the place. You deserve our thanks for taking this fight on.

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  4. Another abuse of process by our bent legal masters. You really were so right to challenge this. The Filthy Rag as I recall had the brass neck to try and hide behind freedom of speech. What a complet joke.

    Am I right in thinking that the JEP made Broadlands change a comment that suggested Chief MInister Terry Le Sueur was a thief not a Chief yet allowed Braodlands slander of you and your wife? This probably says all that needs to be said about how justice is applied in Jersey.

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  5. Stay strong, keep fighting. You have a lot of people behind you.

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  6. You know Trevor what you likely should do is lodge a vote of no confidence in this disgrace of a Bailiff. OK so we know the nodding dogs would not be brave enough to vote against him. But it would let you get the whole sordid story of what Birt is allowing to happen be aired in public and in great detail. Give it some thought.

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  7. Thank you Shona and Trevor Pitman for highlighting the corrupt regime we have to endure under the Bailhache rule and bringing the day nearer where the UK are forced to take control.

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  8. You know, over the summer I might just publish all the claimed 'costs' of a couple of Jersey lawyers. Mmakes fascinating reading.

    Bet you didn't know that a lawyer might try and charge you for reading the newspaper! Bet you didn't imagine that some lawyers even try to charge people for work they clearly haven't done?

    When you think Jersey can't/won't pay its nurses a decent, living wage whilst we have other 'professionals' demanding money for...well, basically nothing. The world as they say must be mad.

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  9. 'Only the strongest can endure the viscitudes presented by those who proffer help ' Robaine

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  10. The UK Justice Dept is currently calling for evidence about the CI's and the IOM but where is the local publicity about this?
    Are you promoting it and encouraging the public of Jersey to write to the relevant Select Committee, are you submitting questions about it in the States and asking that the visiting Committee members should meet with the general public of this Island in public...
    I may have missed your work on this but it seems that those Jersey States' Members who are concerned about any aspects of this Islands' administration, government, justice or legal systems really should be working together and inviting the UK officials to come here ASAP and speak with a wide cross section of the population.
    At the very least information needs to be widely published so that individuals and groups can make contact with the relevant UK bodies NOW...

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  11. It seems to me that as jurats are essentially profession jurors they should be elected by universal suffrage, not just the States Members and Legal Profession in conclave. I'm certain that somewhere in Art 3 of protocol 1 it says all elections must be by universal suffrage...

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  12. Darius makes a good point. Other than that there is no way you can describe a group of people allowing someone like John Le Breton to be a part as being 'professional'.

    Just consider this. In 14 years it seems not a one of these other jurats spoke up about how clealy inappropriate Le Breton's attitude to evidence clearly was. They are all as bad as each other in my eyes.

    If I knew he was on my case then I would be very worried indeeed. That Birt allowed him to sit is equally shocking. You most certainly should be due to a mis-trial being called. But then maybe screwing you and Shona was the whole point of this conflicted jurat being allowed to sit in the first place?

    This all raises the question. What is the point of either the Uk justice ministry's responsibility under its constitutional links, and the point of having a Governor here in the island?.

    If he doesn't intervene on a clear crook show like this what does he do? What are we paying for? opening fetes and attending award ceremonies?

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  13. Though swamped with other work at the encouragement of a Mmr J Rondel I am going to lodge my intended proposition on the need for an overhaul on the Jurat system within the next month.

    People are right to remind me: we just can't have a system so lax that it allows individuals who happily look the other way on evidence against paedophiles to hold such positions.

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  14. To sumthis situation up what has happened here is you have critisized a man wearing a particular hat. He puts a different hat on and tells you you're not allowed to say that or have I missed something?

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  15. Fantastice send up of Bailhache's stealing of the electoral commission and the option B farce going around on Twitter. I would send you a link but don't know how. Whoever did it hats off. Says everything that needs to be said about a serious situation but in a very funny way.

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  16. My take on things - it's just silliness - if I'm allowed my point of view :)

    Thanks

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  17. From
    http://stuartsyvret.blogspot.com/2013/04/legitimate-expectation-administrative.html
    & other independent sites

    ===================================

    JEP has recently CENSORED #3.

    Not for the first time The JEP has censored comments highlighting the blatant Trolling and Astroturfing on their website

    It seems that the majority of the "Astro-Trolling" is down to one individual. Are we allowed to speculate if it might be the individual responsible for the death threats to the landlord and family of Jersey's former Health Minister as mentioned in "JEP CENSORED #1" above @ 3:29 pm ?

    Here is JEP CENSORED 3 :

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    http://www.thisisjersey.com/news/2013/04/22/ten-constables-say-they-will-vote-to-keep-their-own-seats/#comment-277323
    April 23, 2013 at 5:21 pm
    TITLE: Yeah but no but ....... did you smell the RAT ?

    The media spin and edit in or edit out the storyline to their commercial or perceived advantage.
    If they are a business ....... that is business so it is essential to sift information from a diversity of sources including independent ones.

    Commenters come here to hear views, to have their say and to persuade others. That's fine and most of us do it reasonably honestly and without excessive changes of identity.

    Analysis of web information and posting patterns on this site indicate that some individuals or groups are rather less than honest and this infestation is particularly bad on "sensitive" and on pre-election/vote threads.

    I have referred to this as the "R.A.T" infestation, with RAT being Random Avatar Troll (or is that R. Astroturf Troll) as the main offender generally posts under a new avatar on each post, even when [ab]using same name

    The threads are logged and overall this "RAT" infestation" is beyond reasonable doubt.

    This thread on it's own it is not conclusive proof but you will get the picture form a snapshot of recent posts on this thread :

    Sally 2013-04-23 13:47
    http://www.thisisjersey.com/news/2013/04/22/ten-constables-say-they-will-vote-to-keep-their-own-seats/#comment-277258

    Bob 2013-04-23 13:38
    http://www.thisisjersey.com/news/2013/04/22/ten-constables-say-they-will-vote-to-keep-their-own-seats/#comment-277253

    James 2013-04-23 13:36
    http://www.thisisjersey.com/news/2013/04/22/ten-constables-say-they-will-vote-to-keep-their-own-seats/#comment-277251

    James April 23, 2013 at 13:34 [Well done BTW for remembering which avatar you post under on this 1 occasion]
    http://www.thisisjersey.com/news/2013/04/22/ten-constables-say-they-will-vote-to-keep-their-own-seats/#comment-277250

    All 2 to 10 minutes apart -possibly different individuals but statistically very very unlikely

    Some of the support for the Constables is not "Grass Roots" it is "Astroturf"

    Does the JEP mind their forum being used as Jersey's premiere Astroturfing site ?
    Are RATs a protected species on this site ?

    Time will tell

    I shall vote A and C

    "B" careful who you listen to !

    "B" even more careful what you vote for -You may have to live with it a long time, especially if it is a regressive option.

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    So "Are RATs a protected species on this [JEP] site ?" ..... Well it would seem so.

    The JEP know about this infestation and it's unpleasantness, and they must like it because they exclude the RAT controllers and we are not permitted to detail the issue. The Jep have improved significantly over the last 12 months but they are still a poisonous infestation.

    The JEP saddled us with Bailhache, what will they saddle us with next ?

    They can afford to be more honest and fair on the referendum because ALL the hijacked options suit the establishment !

    I shall vote A #1 & C#2 and expect the Constables to block "A" if it wins ...... It's democracy Jim, but not as we know it.

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  18. Are the local internet blogs being seen as a threat to “ The Jersey Way “ ?

    http://planetjersey.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,3741.msg57152/topicseen.html#msg57152

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  19. Dear Deputy Pitman,

    May one ask you, who exactly is Chief Minister Ian Gorst?

    A perfectly reasonable question, especially in light that there seems to be no public history or recored of this man before his appearance in Island politics in December 2005!

    Look online for yourself, very strange...

    Wikipedia states that Ian Gorst was born in 1969, which means he had a long working life (well over 20 years) before entering Jersey politics in 2005.

    So where was he before that, and what had he been doing before coming to the Island?

    Again, Wikipedia states that Ian Gorst was:

    "was a member of the UK Conservative Party before leaving the United Kingdom"

    Yet a web search reveals nothing, not a trace?

    So, one asks again, who really is Ian Gorst?

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  20. When one talks about Le Breton it reminds me of a conversation I had with one of the teachers ( who has been mentioned in connection with this case, he told me and a witness that there had been some vandalism in the toilets at this school and that hidden video cameras had been fitted in these toilets and that he had to hurry home that evening to go through the days video to see if they could find the culprit, how legal is this I wonder? perverts.

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  21. I know you won't publish this but I will send it anyway. You publish a post from someone going on about trolling and how the msm play along with it. I say to that person. So what.

    I am a troll and making up comments in false names is all I have in my life. I am a nobody. I contribute nothing positive whatsoever to society. I have a drink problem. Trolling and attacking people who have the resolve to do something positive with their life makes me feel like I am somebody.

    I can't be stopped so get used to it. Yes I am a coward. Yes I am an inadequate bully. So what. Lots of love.

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  22. Trevor.

    What are CTV playing at advertising themselves this evening. Showing you and Bailhache in the studio, Bailhache talking about freedom of speech but you depicted as silent?

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    1. I have seen the promo you talk about. I have actually done a separate piece talking about how if you do not have courage as a journalist then you shouldn't bother. I must admit I am yet to see that one on air though I am not a big TV watcher.

      Why not phone in and ask them if it has been used. For the record they actually asked me to do it on the back of kicking Phil's butt in that very interview i.e. because I can actually speak clearly while he just wanted to waffle for hours and can't handle debate.

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  23. Trevor - utmost respect for the TF you showed today distancing yourself from the disgraceful show of foot-stamping for the Dean in the States Chamber today. I think that this 'display' showed the total disregard of the victim and the true sickening 'Jersey Way' in its full and corrupt colours.

    Well done.

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  24. In answer to the emails. Yes, I will get a new post up some time tomorrow all being well. yes, I will talk about today's events in the States.

    Trevor

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  25. Trevor,

    Just wanted to send a brief message to say good on you for standing up in the States yesterday to disassociate yourself from the footstomping and tributes to the Dean.

    You may not have been speaking for Constable Galichan, but you were certainly speaking for a large number of people in this island who care more about fairness and justice than titles.

    Sam

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