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Thursday, January 19, 2006

CHIEF JUSTICE’S APOLOGY ACCEPTED - Judy Jackson, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

CHIEF JUSTICE’S APOLOGY ACCEPTED - Judy Jackson, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

The Attorney-General received a letter of apology from the Chief Justice for his personal comments in The Mercury today.

Ms Jackson said she accepted his apology.

However, she was disappointed that the Chief Justice had chosen to criticise her personally and raise political interference in Tasmania’s judicial system.

“I am staggered that the Chief Justice has insinuated that an acting judge could be tempted to act in favour of the Government to ensure they were re-appointed,” Ms Jackson said.

“I have absolute faith that an acting judge, in the same way as a full-time appointee, is more than capable of identifying any possible conflict and removing themselves from a case.

“The appointment last year of Magistrate Michael Hill as an acting Supreme Court judge was entirely suitable.

“Appointing an existing judicial officer guarantees relevant experience and expertise on the Bench. He was an asset to the court and an excellent appointment.

“I made the decision to appoint a acting judge on the advice of the Chief Justice that he wanted to take five months extended leave.”




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