Tuesday 22 August 2017

Separation of judiciary and government vital

'That there are now wigs on the green outside the Four Courts, and political scalps being singed over the Judicial Appointments Bill, is no great surprise'. Stock photo
'That there are now wigs on the green outside the Four Courts, and political scalps being singed over the Judicial Appointments Bill, is no great surprise'. Stock photo
Editorial

Editorial

Justice may be blind, but our trust in it cannot be. While we are lucky to live in a country where the legal scales are finely balanced, to take this as a given would be a mistake.

Government and the judiciary ought to operate at arms' length, and that is why the separation of powers must be more than a notion. Once more, there are convulsions over Shane Ross's plan not to appoint the Chief Justice as chair of the Judicial Appointments Board.

Former Supreme Court judge Catherine McGuinness sees it as a "deliberate kick in the teeth".

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