13 Sep The Chief Justice about the Times
THE TIMES, Friday June 8 2012
What the Chief Justice said
I refuse to cooperate with, and thereby encourage by answering your queries, the kind of deplorable sensation-seeking tabloid reporting which The Times of Malta has been resorting to as of late in connection with judicial events when ordinary day occurrences, such as the ordering of the arrest of non-show persons and the revocation of bail as well as complaints about the failure of attendance of prosecuting officers, have been painted as some rare “noteworthy ” happenings.
A magistrate was first painted by your paper as a villain because her order to revoke bail was declared illegal by another magistrate, with her photograph taken on a happy occasion splashed in your paper like a mugshot of a criminal, but then, all of a sudden, she was turned into a heroine because popular feeling evid-ently turned in her favour.
In reality, she has never been either a villain or a heroine but a magistrate who was quietly going about the performance of her duties like many other magistrates who have been doing the same thing without ever having attracted the attention of your court reporter, who seems to labour under the delusion that whatever happens outside his earshot has simply not happened.
In a similar vein was your reporting of a few remarks made by a magistrate venting his frustration at the absence of the prosecuting officer, which remarks have been repeatedly uttered by magistrates from time to time in the course of the execution of their everyday duties without ever being noticed by The Times of Malta, as if the frustrations of a magistrate who has been to Bosnia-Herzegovina carry more weight with The Times of Malta than the frustrations of magistrates who have never been there. Utterly appalling.
So, please, you do not have to wait any longer for replies from me to your queries. I am disappointed that I had to spell out the message, which my silence to date was meant to convey.