“If the law supposes that,” said Mr. Bumble, squeezing his hat emphatically in both hands, “the law is a ass — a idiot. If that’s the eye of the law, the law is a bachelor; and the worst I wish the law is, that his eye may be opened by experience — by experience.”
~ Charles Dickens in Oliver Twist.
The law is what is in the statute books. Orders are delivered by Judges who consider the evidence before them and pronounce judgement. Often justice is not done due to this interpretation of the law or consideration of the evidence. Here is a story to illustrate my point.
It is my humble opinion that we should strive for justice rather than law and order.
This is my take on this week’s Friday 6 On 1 blog post topic. The other five bloggers who write on the same topic every Friday are Sanjana, Padmum, Raju, Shackman and Conrad. This week’s topic was suggested by Conrad. Please do go over to their respective blogs to see what they have to say on the topic. Thank you.
13 thoughts on “The Benefits And Limits Of The Law And Order Approach.”
Justice is indeed the whole point!
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Thank you. And it is galling when the law trumps justice.
I believe in restorative justice if at all possible. I have heard remarkable stories out of this process.
So have I but, by and large it is after many years of struggle.
Something of a blinding flash of the obvious if you ask me – the methods of achieving justic always seem to encounter many roadblocks
Unless one has experienced failure of justice, it is difficult to get that flash though!
Rules and regulations of the law and order – just unforgivable in the life of Archie! And all the other “Archies” in similar circumstances…
As someone with considerable experience of the law (court reporter, juror, law student, trade union rep etc), I know how unpredictable and unsatisfactory legal decisions can be. It’s a worthy sentiment that we should strive for justice rather than law and order, but that brings its own problems because everyone has their own idea of what “justice” would amount to. My advice is to avoid the law and lawyers wherever possible, as the outcome may be far from satisfactory. As is often the case, the only people who benefit from the law are the lawyers.
The way the legal fraternity practices law here, I could not agree more. Thankfully, I haven’t had to go to a lawyer in many decades.
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