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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
7 December 2009

Deadlines for comment to various legislative amendments

Social Assistance Act, 2004 Amendment: Regulations relating to the Application for and Payment of Social Assistance and the Requirements or Conditions in respect of Eligibility for Social Assistance: Invitation to submit comments on the proposed regulations to e-mail puseletsol@dsd.gov.za (for attention: Mr Puseletso Loselo) by not later than 16:00 on Friday 11 December 2009. (GG 32747, GN 1116, 2009-11-27
Social Assistance Amendment Bill, 2009: Comments to e-mail puseletsol@socdev.gov.za (for attention: Mr Puseletso Loselo) on or before 30 December 2009.The draft amendment bill is also available on the Department of Social Development’s website: www.dsd.gov.za. (GG 32761, GenN 1571, 2009-11-30
Annual review of the single exit prices of medicines and scheduled substances: Medicines and Related Substances Act 11 of 1965. For comment to the Director-General of Health, Director: Pharmaceutical Economic Evaluations by 6 February 2010. (GG 32684, GenN 1474, 2009-11-06
Draft Policy on free basic refuse removal: Department of enviromental affairs. For comment to obaloyi@deat.gov.za by 5 January 2010. (GG 32688, GenN 1476, 2009-11-06
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