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
4 February 2007

FNB hackers….

I received the following email on Friday that was clearly sent out by hackers trying to get your details:

Wachovia - Personal  Finance and Business Financial Services

Dear Customer,

FNB understands that your trust in us depends on how well we keep
your, business, and account information secure.
We’ve just upgraded our new SSL servers to protect our customers for a better and
secure banking service,against any fraudulent activities. Due to this recent upgrade,
you are requested to update your account information by
following the reference below…

https://www.fnb.co.za/legallinks/securitycentre/tips.html

FNB, Customers Care Center. 

If I was the paranoid type, I would wonder about the timing of this email, arriving on the same day that FNB decided to can their campaign against crime directed at President Mbeki. I am sure the National Intelligence Agency has better things to do, but this is the kind of stuff conspiracy theorists swoon about.

Wonder what Billy Masetla has been up to lately……?

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