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 October 2009

Public Lecture by Justice Yvonne Mokgoro on 13 October 2009

Prof Gerhard Lubbe, Dean of the Faculty of Law and

Prof Sandra Liebenberg, H.F. Oppenheimer Chair in Human Rights Law,  University of Stellenbosch cordially invite you to a public lecture presented by:

Justice Yvonne Mokgoro

Ubuntu, the Constitution and the Rights of Non-Citizens

Date & Time: Tuesday, 13 October 2009 at 6:30pm

Venue: J.C. de Wet Hall,  Old Main Building,

c/o Ryneveld and Victoria Street, Stellenbosch

Parking will be available in the Faculty parking lot

(entrance Victoria Street)

Refreshments will be served afterwards

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