Is our justice system in need of an overhaul?
Judging by the media, social media coverage and subsequent public reaction to the outrageous coward hit in Frankston two weeks ago on a totally unaware middle-aged man, I am not alone in my surprise when the magistrate let him off on bail.
Especially since there is clear CCTV footage of the incident and the man has been charged over another serious assault.
The magistrate concluded he wasn’t a risk to the public. Really?
Then Saturday morning I read in the Sunraysia Daily of the savage attack by an 18-year-old on a vulnerable 15-year-old girl and the magistrate let the young man off on a good behaviour bond with no conviction.
Thank goodness there has been an appeal, with the possibility of the original decision being overturned.
I understand and agree that the judicial system and politics need to be kept separate.
If we allow politicians who are often driven by populism and sensationalism to interfere with the work of our courts, then the concept of justice would run the risk of being corrupted.
The question arises in situations where there is an obvious disconnect between the justice system and public expectation, then how do we have our voices heard?
How do we get the court system to understand that we have had enough?
I’m sick of hearing of inadequate sentences for horrendous crimes and that justice does not occur – no matter what mitigating circumstances judges choose to apply.
The general law-abiding public deserves a legal system that delivers rational outcomes.
Clearly bail laws need to be much stricter, with judges and magistrates committed to regular “pubic expectation” updates.
Something seriously needs to be done, and quickly, because the public deserves a justice system we can trust and have faith in.