Why you should care about the blind justice system
Posted On September 20, 2021
When the case of Vanessa Patey began to unfold, it was widely reported that a blind man was being tried for murder and that his wife was not allowed to attend the trial.
A jury had been deliberating for about 10 hours on Wednesday night and the judge had said that they could be out for a few more days.
The trial had been delayed three times, including for a day because the court was under an emergency order to ensure that the trial was not interrupted by a coronavirus pandemic.
But, just days before, a judge had ordered the prosecution to have a second doctor present at the hearing, in the hope that she could be present during the hearing to make sure that the prosecution was not prejudiced.
And, a couple of weeks ago, a federal court judge ordered the defence to give evidence in the case, even though there were only five people in the courtroom and that only one of them was a blind woman.
And yet, the defence lawyer in the trial, who was representing the defendant, had failed to attend because she was in a hospital, so that she couldn’t attend to her defence.
So, we can only assume that this is a case of a blind justice not being followed.
And what does this say about the way in which the criminal justice system works?
Justice for Vanessa and justice for all Australians, that is what Justice for Vanesa Pateys cause is about.
Justice Vanessa, justice for justice, justice is what it says, justice, for justice Vanessa’s cause is for all people to have equal access to justice.
This case has shown that it is possible to have an adversarial system, where justice is not determined by who has the most resources, but by who is least vulnerable.
The court system has a responsibility to ensure fairness in the criminal system, and to ensure all people are not discriminated against or discriminated against on the basis of disability.
Justice Vanessa is calling for the creation of a special commission, and an independent inquiry into the conduct of the courts in relation to the blind.
We need an inquiry into whether the conduct by the Crown and the courts during the case was unfair, and whether there are enough blind people who have been involved in this case to provide a voice to the court, the jury, the judge, the public and the public at large.
There are many people in Australia who are blind, who do not speak English or are not familiar with the English language, who are unable to understand English or cannot read the English in court, who have to rely on the help of interpreters and the assistance of court staff.
So justice for Vanee Pateies cause is to have the courts and the Crown make the necessary changes to ensure there is fairness in our justice system.
Justice for justice for vanesa, justice justice for the blind, justice law for justice vanessa, this is justice.
For the blind vanessa Pates cause is justice justice.
Topics:blind-people,courts-and-trials,police,justice-and‑justice,crime,community-and.-society,women,human-interest,australiaFirst posted September 16, 2019 17:07:46Contact Louise McNeillMore stories from New South Wales