Monday 18 December 2017

All are equal in the eyes of the law

THE essence of victimisation or intimidation is that someone is picked upon and treated more harshly than others. It is therefore right and proper that the independence of judges is protected from governments trying to put financial pressure on them.

That, without doubt, is the purpose of the provision in the Constitution which prevents a government interfering with judicial pay. But there is something seriously wrong if this is taken to mean that judges are not to be treated in the same way as everyone else.

That is the mirror image of victimisation -- favouritism. It might be more dangerous if government were able to pick on the judiciary, but it is just as improper if the judges cease to be citizens and subject to the same rules as everyone else.

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