Restoration of Justice
12 December, 2013
Restoration of Justice
This is today the most frequently used term in the Georgian media, in our political circles and on grass-roots level all over the country. Restoration of justice! I need to recognize that the term is absolutely overwhelming and multi-meaningful. Saying that justice needs to be restored means that we are voluntarily admitting that justice was not administered, in its own time, in the most appropriate way, and we are all part of that faulty social process.
All of us together!
The government has done wrong because it had allowed injustice, and our people are to be blamed because they have tolerated the wronging of justice that long and that much. The wrongly done justice put hundreds of thousands of disgruntled citizens of Georgia in the street, demonstrating their outrage to the government. The infuriated crowds demanded the resignation of the government a year ago and they achieved their goal by voting them out, and by installing the new authorities into power. The main reason of the public anger was the wronged justice. Naturally, the new government was impatiently expected to right the wrong. Have they had any success to meet the demands of the public? Members of the newly elected government think and say that they have done all they could to restore justice, but there is X-number of people in the country who maintain that the justice is still in the same crippled condition it was a year ago. Too bad that the justice needs to be restored! Justice should not be brought to the point where and when it needs to be restored. Justice has to be administered in the most proper and optimal way at all times and in any situation. This is what the modern democratic world and its transparent governing style is all about. When justice needs restoration, this means that the society and the country are suffering a malady which needs a serious treatment. Another meaning of the currently popular in Georgia social term ‘Restoration of Justice’ is that the damaged justice may never have a chance to be restored completely, because it is much easier to do justice when it needs to be done than it is to restore it. Restoration needs double if not triple or quadruple efforts. Restoration of justice might need more financial support than the original administration of justice. So, no matter how much and hard we try, we will still be losers because we have allowed the wronging of justice, having not done it in good time and in a proper manner. This kind of a situation might be understandable in a country of an immature democracy like Georgia! Maybe it is acceptable in the nation which has lived through socialism that has lingered on for seventy years! Maybe it is comprehensible in the land where the social conscience is still at the nadir! These are all presumptions, noting else. What could be certain though is that at this point in time, when we are claiming our niche in the western family of nations, we have to stop behaving like a country where the law enforcement and administration of justice are permanently in danger of failure, and the whims of some bunch of accidental leaders are governing the situation. We must beware that wronging justice may end up in a societal fiasco. Some day we may not be able to correct the done wrong because some day we will have wasted all our resources to let justice work. We are already miserable when we are compelled to face the exigency of restoring justice because it is a very hard job to do and there is never a 100 percent guarantee that justice will be restored to the full extent of law and decency. We need to stop those unwanted headaches and uninvited pains in the neck. Let us do justice so that it may not need any repairs and restitutions. Let us not have justice ‘returned’! Let us have justice done when it is supposed to be done. The third ingredient of the multifaceted term ‘Restoration of Justice’ is wasted time and energy, saying nothing about its negative pecuniary consequence. We have so much to do to make national progress! Restoring justice is distracting us from doing what is more important for the future of the nation than tuning the entire country to law enforcement which is a spender of money, not the maker of it. Restoring justice means redoing something that should have been done properly before, thus saving ourselves from wasting our valuable time on the correction of mistakes rather than investing into the welfare of our people. Thus, the restoration of justice might be a good thing in itself, but if we look at it from a broader angle, it is a waste that comes from the immaturity of this society to find the most advantageous balance between crime and punishment, between law and wrong-doers, between justice and the administrators of justice, between justice and public. Let us not feel overly happy about the fact that the wronged justice has to be righted. There is nothing to be extremely proud about. Let the law be at work when it is giving the best possible results if enforced. Let us finally stop putting our dilapidated carts in front of our worn-out horses! Sorry about that!

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