Saturday, 10 April 2010

A matter of judgment - Crime - NZ Herald News

A matter of judgment - Crime - NZ Herald News
Well-this is a storm brewing. Normally issues like this get carefully swept under the carpet in New Zealand. The curious feature is that no one actually says Justice Wilson is anything but a competent Supreme Court Judge. It is all about the apparent bias test in the Auckland Casino case and others. It isn't that he has done anything wrong in his decision making-just that it is said that to the general public he may have the appearance of bias. Perhaps the better test is that a judge must be like Caesar's wife. In reality the number of senior lawyers eligible to be appointed is so small that there must be few who do not know each other prior to appointment. How many lend each other money? There is certainly support for each other, and the collegial nature of lawyers is such that this sort of support is certainly not unusual. Do we risk losing a perfectly adequate judge for the academic principles? Watch this spot.

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