22 March 2005

Televising Parliament

*sigh* All the bleating from television networks about how the proposal for Parliament itself to provide live coverage will undermine their freedoms has now lead to the government deferring the idea. Ironic eh?!?! Quite frankly, I was looking forward to the live stream. I'm jealous of the overseas coverage on C-SPAN (US), CPAC (Can), Parliament Live (UK), Australia. Imagine even if - like say CPAC - they started broadcasting Supreme Court hearings as well! *sigh* - I guess it's another year or so listening to scratchy wireless...

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Lord Justice Lawton in Maxwell v Department of Trade and Industry [1974] 2 All ER 122 said:

"From time to time ... lawyers and judges have tried to define what constitutes fairness. Like defining an elephant, it is not easy to do, although fairness in practice has the elephantine quality of being easy to recognise. As a result of these efforts a word in common usage has acquired the trappings of legalism: 'acting fairly' has become 'acting in accordance with the rules of natural justice', and on occasion has been dressed up with Latin tags. This phrase in my opinion serves no useful purpose and in recent years it has encouraged lawyers to try to put those who hold inquiries into legal straitjackets.... For the purposes of my judgment I intend to ask myself this simple question: did the [decision-maker] act fairly towards the plaintiff?"

This course examines the elephantine concept of fairness in the law, along with other contemporary legal issues.

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