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Monday 18 February

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE 

Legal aid funding, integrity of our judiciary

One of the roles of a legal association is to be defender of the integrity of the independence of judicial officers and the courts. This is fundamental to a democratic civil society. This is why it’s important that the Law Society of NSW expresses its support, on behalf of the state’s 34,000 solicitors, for the Chief Judge of the Land and Environment Court, the Honourable Chief Judge Brian Preston SC. Like many members of the legal profession, I am extremely concerned by recent claims in the media of “judicial overreach” in relation to a recent and extensive judgment by his Honour. As the NSW Attorney-General, Mark Speakman SC, rightly pointed out, if there was any concern about judicial bias in any matter before the courts, it was open to the parties to raise that and to ask the judge to recuse himself >

 

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