States of Jersey vote not to translate laws
The European Convention on Human Rights
- In the determination of his civil rights and obligations or of any criminal charge against him, everyone is entitled to a fair and public hearing within a reasonable time by an independent and impartial tribunal established by law. Judgement shall be pronounced publicly by the press and public may be excluded from all or part of the trial in the interest of morals, public order or national security in a democratic society, where the interests of juveniles or the protection of the private life of the parties so require, or the extent strictly necessary in the opinion of the court in special circumstances where publicity would prejudice the interests of justice.
- Everyone charged with a criminal offence shall be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law.
- Everyone charged with a criminal offence has the following minimum rights:
- (a) to be informed promptly, in a language which he understands and in detail, of the nature and cause of the accusation against him;
- (b) to have adequate time and the facilities for the preparation of his defence;
- (c) to defend himself in person or through legal assistance of his own choosing or, if he has not sufficient means to pay for legal assistance, to be given it free when the interests of justice so require;
- (d) to examine or have examined witnesses against him and to obtain the attendance and examination of witnesses on his behalf under the same conditions as witnesses against him;
- (e) to have the free assistance of an interpreter if he cannot understand or speak the language used in court.
As expected, Bailhache waded into the argument in a bid to keep Jersey Laws secret from the people of Jersey. But instead of producing a balanced and insightful view as to why these laws should not be written in English, he slavered on about Linguistic heritage, barking out garbage about how the french language would be diminished, then bleating, "what kind of message does that send out?" Well Phil, who gives a crap what kind of message that sends out?
He ended his pointless rant with "I hope none of that comes to pass". Of course you hope that Phil, it is people like you that would be exposed if the laws were written in English!