Friday, June 12, 2009


The JDA today announces the launch of a “Fund for Justice”.

We have received many calls and letters from supporters and others who are shocked by the punitive and disproportionate level of the penalties imposed by the Royal Court on the two JDA deputies, Shona Pitman and Geoff Southern for breaching the notorious Article 39A of the Elections Law, .

This law, which exists nowhere else in the world, prevents those who need help to apply for a postal vote from receiving such help from a candidate for election. We believe it is an attack on the democratic process, and a breach of the human rights to protection from discrimination and to participate fully in free and fair elections.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who have offered to help at this critical point in the development of our democracy and I invite those who wish to make a contribution towards meeting the £12,000 court fines and £10,000 legal costs.

Donations should be sent to JDA Treasurer, 8 Winchester Street, St Helier. Cheques should be made payable to “JDA Fund for Justice”.

Further information: Christine Papworth: 07797 788603
Christine Papworth, JDA chairperson


  1. I agree with what you have done, and you should not have been fined, and you definately should not have had to have gone to Royal Court. If I contibute, the money indirectly would go to the rich wrong doing legal people. I would contribute if it was to you directly, just bide your time, the voting public are watching

  2. I cannot believe that the other law breakers were not prosecuted because their law breaking was interpreted as an "honest mistake"! I will be contributing to the fund, but hope the money is not required and can be used to challenge the decision that ignorance of the law is not an excuse. It is inexcusable there is a law for one and not the others. It is also unbelievable that there are no violations of human rights issues here, that have not raised.

  3. If you had taken the voting public shopping, then to the polling station, it would have been an "honest mistake". I dont think so.


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