Courts without a chief magistrate

Letters, Normal

THE lower judiciary, in particular the magisterial service has been left without a chief magistrate and a deputy chief magistrate.
There was a report being circulate among magistrates that a new chief has been appointed, last month.
To date, that appointment has not been officially made public.
The new chief magistrate must assume the office without further delay and begin the normal business of administering the magisterial services.
There are important policy and financial  decisions that he has to make.
I just heard the former chief magistrate has started court proceedings, questioning the appointing authority’s decision and may have obtained injunctive orders, preventing the new appointee from assuming the office of the chief magistrate.
Fair enough, that is his legal right to do so.
But my concern is, what he has done does not look good for the interest of the lower judiciary.
In the history of the judiciary in this jurisdiction, the Commonwealth and perhaps the world, no former chiefs have ever questioned the decision of the appointing authority in courts of law.
The appointment and replacement of chiefs in the judiciary in this jurisdiction has enjoyed a very smooth history.
The change of leadership is inevitable. It is time to move on, so Mr Bal should drop the whole case.


Concern magistrate,
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