Bermuda’s outgoing Chief Justice defends independence of judiciary

Bermuda’s outgoing Chief Justice mounted a spirited defence on Saturday of a judicial system free of political interference.

Ian Kawaley also told a conference that the constitutional foundation for the judiciary was “deficient” and needed urgent reform.

Mr Justice Kawaley said: “Judicial independence matters, because every legal person that appears before court has a fundamental right to appear before an independent court.

Judicial independence matters because the judiciary’s constitutional role is to serve as a third branch of government, independent of the executive and legislative branches.

Judicial independence matters because it forms part of the central underpinning of the rule of law and Bermuda’s economy needs and depends upon a legal and court system that manifestly upholds the rule of law.”

He added: “The constitutional dispensation for the judiciary, 50 years after it was last defined, is now woefully out of date.

It needs and deserves reform now.” (READ REST OF THE STORY Here)

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