Sunday 24 September 2017

Judges need more help if they're to really grasp complexity of rape cases

Ellen O'Malley Dunlop

I believe we can be confident that members of the judiciary are well trained in the law and in the interpretation of the law. Their role is a very important one, and we need to have confidence that they are supported in their role so that they deliver justice on behalf of all of society. In terms of their keeping abreast with changes in the law and the consequences on their work, they are the experts.

Judges have a very difficult job to do but none more complex than delivering justice in rape cases. Their job is not just about knowing the law, but it involves understanding human beings, human relationships, good and bad.

They listen to the most appalling stories of human depravity and man's inhumanity to man. I firmly believe we can have confidence in their ability to know and understand the law, and their training in the law prepares them well to be the best at what they do.

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