Governor hauled into justice row
The Queen's representative in Jersey is being challenged to investigate alleged failings in the island's judicial system.
Deputy Trevor Pitman is calling on the Lieutenant Governor to step in and look at claims of corruption.
Deputy Pitman is compiling a dossier of evidence which he plans to deliver to Government House by the end of the month.
But Jersey's top lawyer says there's no evidence of any miscarriages of justice.
Deputy Pitman claims that a lot of wrong doing went on.
Among his claims are a man who threatened to kill and had petrol bombs in his house yet the charges were dropped, a woman jailed for drink driving despite evidence to show she couldn't have been drunk, and a man convicted of a crime but was denied access to files that could clear his name.
Deputy Pitman says, "A vast, diverse range of claims, allegations of what you can only say is corruption, abuse of the justice system. A diverse range of people. Can they all be making it up? No they can't. So we really need to find what the Lieutenant Governor thinks. He's the Queen's representative. What will he do?"
There's no comment from Sir John McColl's office today, though the whole affair puts the Governor in a potentially awkward situation.
The dealings between Government House, the Queen and her Privy Council are generally private affairs.
Asking for action means at the very least some kind of public response is needed.
There'll be those wondering whether Deputy Pitman's campaign is little more than a personal crusade after he and his wife lost a court case they brought over a satirical cartoon.
He says that's a fair question: "Absolutely and we're not to say 'poor us', but we're politicians, we've got a comparative platform to speak. Many people have no voice at all. But when you go through a process you expect them to be fair. Everybody's entitled to it under Article 6 Human Rights."
Jersey's top lawyer denies there has been any wrongdoing. He says though his department can't check through every legal file, he's not aware of any acknowledged miscarriages of justice, though questions have been raised about the role of Law Officers.
The advice they gave to help catch drugs baron Curtis Warren came under scrutiny at the highest court in the land.
Whether Deputy Pitman's dossier is compelling enough to force action from the Lieutenant Governor should be known in a matter of weeks.