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
15 October 2009

Invitation to African Human Rights Day Celebration on 21 October 2009

The Legal Resources Centre and the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria

invite you to attend a celebration of

Africa Human Rights Day

on Wednesday, 21 October 2009 at 13:00

Venue:

Dean King Hall

St George’s Cathedral

5 Wale Street

Cape Town

Speaker:

Prof Michelo Hansungule

Commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists

Eminent expert on African human rights

‘South Africa’s role in the African regional human rights system: achievements and outstanding commitments’

followed by a panel discussion.

RSVP please by Monday, 19 October 2009 to Wilmien Wicomb at

wilmien@lrc.org.za

tel: (021) 481 3000

fax: (021) 423 0935

For more information on the host organizations, go to www.lrc.org.za and www.chr.up.ac.za.

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