Today’s Editorial for May 12: Theatre of the absurd

It might be costing the country a bundle, but the entertainment provided by the tribunal into the actions of Justice Priya Levers is priceless.

This is the kind of stuff only the most imaginative fictionists could ever dream up and yet it isn’t even fiction – at least, not if the characters involved are telling the truth.

So far, we have a Grand Court Justice who reportedly consults with psychic card readers, although, thankfully there is no evidence yet that her judgements were derived in such a fashion.

We have an alleged persona non grata list for funeral guests; an alleged conspiracy of Canadian court staff to undermine the relationship between the chief justice and Mrs. Levers; and we have letters to the editor critical of the judiciary that are allegedly written by Mrs. Levers herself.

And we haven’t even heard mention allegations of sex, drugs and guns in the judiciary yet!

Then there are Cayman’s private sector attorneys, who, one by one, have all said they can’t recall Justice Levers ever having done the inappropriate things their clients, the court reporters and even a crown prosecutor have all testified she did.

From this we can only assume a) many of Cayman’s privates sector attorneys have faulty memories and/or bad note-taking skills; b) the clients of Cayman’s private sector attorneys all have faulty memories, or are possibility involved in a conspiracy with the court reporters and a crown prosecutor to make the judiciary look bad; or c) Cayman’s private sector attorneys involved in this case are all too afraid to rock the boat of their cushy existences to risk repercussions if Mrs. Levers returns to the bench.

It is interesting to note that none of the attorneys involved are saying what is alleged to have happened didn’t happen; they are only saying, in a spine of rubber fashion, that they don’t recall it happening.

But while this theatre of the absurd has intrigue, scandal and drama, it comes with a steep price.

Judging from what this tribunal has come up with so far, we have grave concerns about the need to spend more than a million dollars to host it.

Good governance, including the fair and just operation of the criminal and civil justice system, is absolutely a crucial issue to any society.

But there is not, or should not be, just one way to solve a problem. We’re not certain any of the allegations revealed so far in this tribunal warrant a full-scale public investigation costing the taxpayers of this country money it cannot afford.

We hope the outcome of this tribunal does not involve another million dollar payout from the public coffers due to a misguided or overbearing investigation.