3 September 2009
The Magnificent Four
Last Tuesday, in the same day that marked the end of the judicial holidays, some of the most recognized protagonists in the Portuguese Justice system launched a book about the state of Justice titled 'Justiça 2009'.
According to the Portuguese newspaper i the book was written with 4 hands by the Portuguese Justice Minister Alberto Costa, the Portuguese Attorney general Pinto Monteiro, the Head of the Bar Marinho Pinto and the President of the Superior Council of Magistrature and of the Supreme Court of Justice Noronha Nascimento. During one year and more or less every month the four had dinner together and discussed the state of Justice, as a result of the informal tertulias came out a publication that makes a pretense diagnostic about the Portuguese Justice. The worst scenarios pointed out, still according to i's article, were the slowness of the courts and the recovery of debts.
However these are the usual complaints that everyone who reads newspapers and follows the development of high-profiled cases like the Casa Pia Case already know. What one would expect of the meetings of those 4 individualities, who are the maximum responsibles for the state of the Portuguese Justice, was that they clearly pointed out adequate solutions and strategies that showed, to us the Portuguese Citizens, the rigour and credibility of the Justice system - which as the readers of this blog know, failed the Madeleine McCann Case and the Judiciary Police Investigation completely.
Instead what the book seems to register are trifling complaints, recriminations, petty messages that seem to forget what has been forgotten along the years: that Justice is not a commodity for sale, but an ensemble of tools that the State has in its power to make prevail a set of moral values and ethics in the Civil Society.
What else to expect from these players other than the narrow perspective of their corporate values?