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Judicial Ethics

Sir Thomas Bingham

in Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility

Published in print February 1996 | ISBN: 9780198259312
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681936 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198259312.003.0002
Judicial Ethics

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This chapter provides an overview of ethical rules pertaining to the judiciary. Judicial ethics seems to have been largely neglected in the UK in recent years — by the judiciary, by the practising profession, and, less surprisingly, by academics. Its judicial role and judicial performance is the subject of increasingly critical public scrutiny. An example of wholesale judicial legislation is given which shows that ethical duties, even constitutional duties, are not always as straightforward as might be thought. The judge's duty to be, and appear to be, completely impartial during the conduct of a case is so fundamental, so pervasive and so obvious that there would be no justification in wearying with examples, but a number of situations are mentioned.

Keywords: judicial ethics; public scrutiny; judiciary; wholesale judicial legislation; judge

Chapter.  8726 words. 

Subjects: Legal System and Practice

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