Friday, 7 May 2010

Office of the Judicial Conduct Commission

Office of the Judicial Conduct Commission
On this site can be found the newsmaking report from the Office of the Judicial Conduct Commissioner, and for those with a short attention span, the media statement. Does the need to issue a media statement say something about the perception of media intelligence and ability to understand hard stuff?
What interested me about the report was the oblique criticism of retired Justice Sir Edmund Thomas. In a surprising complaint Sir Edmund relied on second and third hand discussions as part of his now well known 18 page complaint to the Commissioner. I was taught that the best evidence is the original statement and I expect that the learned judge has many times decided issues on exclusion of hearsay evidence. This lack of evidential rigor cannot help in reaching an impartial result.

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