Quote of the week

Although judicial proceedings will generally be bound by the requirements of natural justice to a greater degree than will hearings before administrative tribunals, judicial decision-makers, by virtue of their positions, have nonetheless been granted considerable deference by appellate courts inquiring into the apprehension of bias. This is because judges ‘are assumed to be [people] of conscience and intellectual discipline, capable of judging a particular controversy fairly on the basis of its own circumstances’: The presumption of impartiality carries considerable weight, for as Blackstone opined at p. 361 in Commentaries on the Laws of England III . . . ‘[t]he law will not suppose possibility of bias in a judge, who is already sworn to administer impartial justice, and whose authority greatly depends upon that presumption and idea’. Thus, reviewing courts have been hesitant to make a finding of bias or to perceive a reasonable apprehension of bias on the part of a judge, in the absence of convincing evidence to that effect.

L'Heureux-Dube and McLachlin JJ
Livesey v The New South Wales Bar Association [1983] HCA 17; (1983) 151 CLR 288
8 March 2010

Call for endorsements: Support equal education

CALL FOR ENDORSEMENTS!

SUPPORT EQUAL EDUCATION’S CAMPAIGN FOR SCHOOL LIBRARIES!

SUPPORT THIS AS A STEP TOWARDS A MOVEMENT FOR QUALITY AND EQUAL EDUCATION FOR ALL!

Please see the attached memorandum.

We are calling for endorsements from organizations, schools, universities, student societies, youth movements, newspapers, and clubs. All organs of civil society are invited to endorse this memorandum and Equal Education’s Campaign for School Libraries.*

International organizations, schools and civil society can also endorse. Local and international endorsements will be kept on separate lists.

Please fax your endorsement to 086 601 0666 or e-mail it toinfo@equaleducation.org.za ASAP!

This memorandum will be handed over to government at marches in:

–      Cape Town               21 March 2010                071 118 4662

–      Pretoria-Tshwane             26 March 2010                083 407 6047

–      Polokwane                30 March 2010                072 293 8201

Over 15,000 people are expected at the above events.

Over 50,000 people have already signed the individual petition.

Please DONATE to Equal Education today! We need your support!

http://www.equaleducation.org.za/donate/donate-to-ee

With thanks from the whole Equal Education team.

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