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
6 February 2011

Read Hope Scholarship for Law Students

READ HOPE PHILLIPS NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP – 2011

Read Hope Phillips Thomas & Cadman Inc., a corporate commercial law firm based in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, is offering a two year scholarship of up to R35 000 per year to one or more qualifying law student(s) at a university in South Africa.

The scholarship will be awarded to one or more black South African students for his/her penultimate year of undergraduate law studies, and, subject to satisfactory performance, conduct and attitude, his/her final year of law studies. Applicants must have a strong academic record, the necessary drive to succeed and the ambition to practise law in a commercial firm.  Financial need may be taken into account. Read Hope Phillips is under no obligation to offer the scholarship to any applicant or in any year.

The following conditions apply:

  • Applicants must have commenced or be commencing their penultimate year of study in 2011.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed as part of the selection process.
  • All subjects must be passed with a satisfactory mark, and studies completed in the prescribed period.
  • Recipients may be invited and required to attend the annual Read Hope Phillips vacation programme, and may be required to accept articles of clerkship with Read Hope Phillips, if offered.
  • Recipents will be expected to meet with Read Hope Phillips from time to time and regular progress reports will be forwarded to Read Hope Phillips by their university.
  • Payments will be made to and disbursed by their university against invoices for tuition and/or residence.

Further information about Read Hope Phillips is available on the website www.rhp.co.za.

UCT applications should be submitted to the Scholarships Committee, care of the Law Faculty Office Room 4.48 Kramer Building on or before Friday 4 March 2011, and MUST include the following:

1.                 The name of the scholarship for which you are applying

2.                 Letter of motivation

3.                 Curriculum vitae

4.                 Certified copy of matric and university results

5.                 Certified copy of identity document

6.                 Two letters of reference

7.                 Contact telephone number(s)

Applicants are required to sign a form authorizing their

university to make their marks available Read Hope Phillips.

(Incomplete applications will not be considered)

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