Friday 2 December 2016

Judges aren't rotten, the appointment system is

Shane Ross

Published 09/08/2015 | 02:30

Words fell on deaf ears: Chief Justice Susan Denham chaired a committee which reported that “the relative success of the administration of justice in Ireland has been achieved in spite of, rather than because of the appointment system”. The politicians have responded with delaying devices like a public consultation process, designed to ensure that no decisions to dilute their powers of patronage are made before the General Election
Words fell on deaf ears: Chief Justice Susan Denham chaired a committee which reported that “the relative success of the administration of justice in Ireland has been achieved in spite of, rather than because of the appointment system”. The politicians have responded with delaying devices like a public consultation process, designed to ensure that no decisions to dilute their powers of patronage are made before the General Election

there was a shock hook against the head in the Supreme Court 10 days ago. Normally, official Ireland might have expected the beaks on the bench to close ranks. On July 31 they confounded convention.

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The five-member court made a 4-1 finding against a member of the inner circle. They rapped one of their own mates on the knuckles.

Admittedly, Judge John Cooke has retired. But the Supreme Court's findings will not have made pleasant reading for his lordship.

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