Justice V.C.R.A.C Crabbe: Don’t Discuss Court Cases In The Media.
A retired Supreme Court Judge and former Chairman of the Electoral Commission, Justice V.C.R.A.C Crabbe has expressed his disapproval of lawyers who pass commentary of pending cases in court to the media.
His comments follow calls by the Association of Magistrates and Judges for the Attorney General to put in place punitive measures to sanction lawyers who contravene the laws of the profession by commenting on pending cases and unnecessarily attacking judges in the media.
Speaking to Citi News, Justice Crabbe stated: “it is wrong to try your case outside court because courts decide cases on the evidence that is put before them.”
According to him, though the public must be educated properly on cases “if one person talks about his case, gives the fact about his case and the other side is quiet, have you not prejudiced the minds of people, does that amount to justice?”
He added that the court room was a public place and could be accessed by the citizenry who are interested in understanding proceedings.