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
11 November 2008

Miriam Makeba, strong African woman, hero: R.I.P.

Miriam Makeba, who died yesterday, was up there for me with Nelson Mandela as a true South African icon. Such a strong women, so sexy, so many beautiful songs to remember her by, and that voice will haunt me for ever. Even when I saw her performing at the Cape Town Jazz festival two years ago and her voice was not what it used to be, she gave me cold shivers. This is one of my favourite tracks, which I post in honour of her memory.

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