Monday November 23, 2020

Woulfe crisis must signal end to cosy, unvetted judicial appointments

As the Séamus Woulfe controversy continues, the main lesson to be learned is surely that transparency is of the utmost importance

22nd November, 2020
Chief Justice Frank Clarke and Supreme Court Justice Seamus Woulfe: the controversy over Woulfe’s appointment appears to be coming to an end

We look to a judicial system like that of the United States with a good degree of scepticism and occasional horror. In America, judges have excessive power with levels of celebrity to match. Our Supreme Court judges have not, to date, been household names and their appointments do not involve any parliamentary melodrama with candidates championed loudly along overt partisan lines.

And yet our judicial appointments system is also a political one, and the power...

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