Authors' Reflections

AuthorPeter Jamadar/Elron Elahie/Richard Jamadar
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Justice Peter Jamadar
In my quest as a judicial officer to become more independent and impartial, and to act in
greater integrity, this conscious intent has revealed the reality of the contrary. To be
human is to be born, to grow, and to develop in intersecting cultures and environments
of interdependencies and biases, where preferences, self-interests, and separation
fragment integrity. Perfect independence, impartiality, and integrity are seemingly
forever unattainable. Always out of reach.
Yet, as a judicial officer, I aspire towards their attainment and application, especially in
the core work of decision-making, as indeed in all of living. This is our duty arising out
of the oath we take, and the compulsion of our ethics as judicial officers.
This quest has led me to mindfulness as intentional awarenessing, and its usefulness in
cultivating enhanced degrees of situational and intersectional awareness, both within
myself and the socio-legal cultures I inhabit, as well as of what is continuously unfolding
in the environments around me including my own external behaviours and interpersonal
interactions. In fact, of my judging! Still far from being perfect, through the practice of
Intentional awarenessing I have discovered greater spaciousness and enlarged
opportunities for more impartial and independent decision-making, that is at the same
time increasingly aware, sensitive, and responsive to emerging situational realities and
changes. Indeed, this even in relation to the law as law, and how it intersects with society.
Maybe most profoundly, I have found an improved capacity to pause, listen, hear, see,
reflect, and choose; to change. Greater freedom from my practiced hubris. Refreshingly,

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