Now that Judge Borchers has placed the lad in a …

Comment on Judge Borchers’ position should be assessed: CAALAS by John Bell.

Now that Judge Borchers has placed the lad in a controlled environment for proper assessment and the dust begins to settle, some questions need to be asked:
1. Who is to conduct the assesment process?
2. What will the assessment process actually encompass ie what will be the terms of reference ?
3. Will the results be made public and in what public forum?
4. Will the Attorney-General make publicly transparent the processing of the CAALAS complaint against Judge Borchers?
5. Will the Chief Justice remove Judge Borchers from cases dealing with youngsters on the rampage?
6. Will CAALAS employ someone full-time in future to care for for troubled and lawbreaking teens?
7. Will CAALAS be asked to explain why no plan was put to the court to make sure this lad did not re-offend?
Doubtless there are others.
It is only complete transparency in the process of obtaining the answers to such questions in this case that will ensure the public trust can be maintained in the integrity of our youth justice system.

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Judge Borchers’ position should be assessed: CAALAS
While Ms van Iersel and CAALAS are lodging a complaint with the Chief Justice about Judge Borchers in a flawed youth justice system, perhaps concerned citizens should consider lodging a complaint with the NT Bar Association about Mr Bhutani, the young lad’s lawyer.
When questioned by Judge Borchers on a plan for the lad’s rehab and welfare if released back into the community, Mr Bhutani had nothing. Zilch. No plan. No nothing, so to speak.
A lawyer just doing the minimum to win the case. On the public purse. After the win in the court hearing they part ways – the young lad goes back on the street and the lawyer goes back to his office. To get his next brief.
Hardly inspires confidence in our legal eagles of the common people, hey.
If CAALAS wants a judge hauled over the coals in this case it seems to me there is evidence to haul the CAALAS lawyer over the coals, too.


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