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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
27 November 2013

Sonke Health and Human Rights Fellowships

Applications Are Open for the UCLA Law – Sonke Health & Human Rights Fellowship!

The UCLA Law – Sonke Health & Human Rights Fellowship promotes public interest lawyering and trains the next generation of lawyers who will spearhead social justice efforts in the region. This prestigious programme provides specialised legal training to top graduates from southern African law schools and promotes their careers as impact-oriented public interest lawyers in the areas of health, human rights, gender equality, and sexual and reproductive health & rights. The deadline is 15 February, 2014. Apply today!

For further information on the fellowship and how to apply, click here.

http://www.genderjustice.org.za/updates/highlights/2001453-applications-are-open-for-the-ucla-law-sonke-health-human-rights-fellowship.html

 

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