Reform of the judiciary will restore confidence
THE call by the Chief Justice for a radical overhaul of the deeply politicised judicial appointments process, as well as a recalibration of the relationship between the executive and judicial branches of Government, is welcome. The proposals by the bench for an arms-length appointments process and the establishment of an independent Judicial Council are also woefully overdue.
The Judicial Appointments Advisory Board (JAAB), which was set up in 1995 to depoliticise the appointments process, has become an object of scorn.
In defiance of European and international norms, the Government still retains absolute control of judicial appointments.