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Reader’s comment: Whatever happened to impartial justice?


In response to Paul Wood: Lay off the F-word, Lady Hale,

David wrote:

When judges publicly state political positions, as Lady Hale has done by letting it be known that she is a feminist, you know that the courts are no longer impartial in their application of law. To behave like that is deeply unprofessional. It undermines respect for law, and therefore for parliament and democracy itself. I can only assume that the objective is to, ultimately, deconstruct our society.

If we want to rebuild trust in the courts, the only two ways forward are either to return to our earlier arrangements and understanding regarding judges’s roles or, to go full United States with judges openly declaring their political affiliations, causes and beliefs before they are appointed. I would also oppose lifetime appointments, to reduce the chances of them going ‘rogue’, changing their ‘philosophies’ or dissembling. The former option is by far the more preferable, but probably more difficult to achieve, requiring cultural rather than political change and reform.

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