Dearbhail McDonald: Justice must be done -- and be seen to be done
PUBLICITY is the very soul of justice. It is the keenest spur to exertion, and the surest of all guards against improbity. So said the English jurist and legal reformer Jeremy Bentham in 1843.
Although the public's understanding of and access to justice has radically altered since then, the aphorism that justice must not only be done but be seen to be done has not.
And it can not.